Oil spills into Lake Michigan from BP refinery

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A malfunction at the BP Refinery plant in Whiting, Indiana caused an unknown amount of crude oil to leak into Lake Michigan.

The leak was stopped at 1 a.m. Tuesday

Authorities say there appears to be no negative effect on Lake Michigan.

BP said the problem was discovered at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

For the past 24 hours, BP, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Coast Guard and the Indiana Environmental Management Agency have been working to contain the oil and get it cleaned up.

They are using booms and vacuums to clean up approximately 2,700 feet of shoreline.

There is no oil sheen visible, according to the EPA or the Coast Guard on the lake Tuesday evening. There is, however, a little bit of oil that washed up on a private beach on by BP where they’ve been picking up very small tar balls.

In the meantime, all agencies and BP are continuing their clean up in monitoring the lake for any additional oil and trying to figure out what happened.

A joint statement from both U.S. Senators from Illinois expressed their concerns, especially because BP has told them about plans to expand production at their refinery. Both senators want BP held accountable.  The EPA says attorneys will be looking at all enforcement actions.


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