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Category:San Juan River oil spill (Utah)

English: A burst oil pipeline caused a large oil spill into the San Juan River, in southeast Utah (southwestern U.S.) in 1972.
  • 285,000 U.S. gallons of crude oil flowed 200 miles (320 km) downstream before being temporarily contained by a boom in Monument Valley, in October 1972.
  • Later, winter floods caused much of the oil to overflow the boom into Lake Powell reservoir on the Colorado River.
  • The Texas-New Mexico Pipeline Company was responsible, but five Government agencies were also involved in the clean-up in the Canyon Lands region.