BP Refinery Spills Oil in Lake Michigan

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Weeks after being permitted to resume bidding on US federal drilling licenses, BP has reported a spill at its Whiting refinery in Indiana into Lake Michigan, which supplies water to tens of millions of surrounding residents. The British oil giant reported the spill on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, saying that the discharge was contained and was confined to a cove bordering the refinery. BP has yet to confirm the exact amount of crude oil spilled into the lake. US coast guard, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and state regulators have all responded. The spill allegedly originated from the 260,000 bpd (barrel per day) “Pipestill 12” crude oil distillation unit, which recently recieved a $4 billion refit. Oil processed at this unit originates in Canada’s Alberta tar sands fields.

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