SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of six beavers are emerging as key players in helping contain a Chevron diesel fuel spill in Utah that left three of them with severe burns.
The Chevron fuel spill leaked about 27,000 gallons of crude oil into soil and marshes at Willard Bay State Park last week after a split in a Salt Lake City-to- Spokane, Wash. pipeline.
Officials say the beavers’ dam blocked a hefty portion of diesel from rolling onto the bay, though it’s uncertain exactly how much. Three of the beavers were rescued earlier this week, and three more that were rescued Tuesday night are being cared for under a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah program.
Team members from the Ogden center say the beavers are spending 90 minutes in a bath three times a day.