|Published:||Jun 13, 2010 8:10 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 13, 2010 5:10 PM EDT|
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A spokesman for Salt Lake City's Joint Information Center says emergency workers believe they have stopped a 21,000 gallon oil spill from reaching the environmentally sensitive Great Salt Lake.
A pipeline in the mountains near the University of Utah broke Friday night, sending oil into a creek that flows through neighborhoods, into a popular Salt Lake City park and ultimately the Jordan River. The pipeline wasn't shut off until Saturday morning.
Spokesman Jason Olsen said Sunday that emergency workers believe they have contained the spill in the Jordan River. The river flows into the Great Salt Lake.
The Great Salt Lake is one of the West's most important inland water bodies for migratory birds that use it as a place to rest, eat and breed each year.