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BP raises estimate of oil spill in Lake Michigan

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BP has more than doubled its estimate of how much crude oil leaked into Lake Michigan from the company’s refinery in Whiting, Indiana.

After analyzing how much oil was collected by absorbent booms on the lake and from the beach, BP now says 39 barrels worth leaked due to an equipment failure.

That’s just over 16 hundred gallons.

The original estimate was 18 barrels.

Meanwhile, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk have asked for a meeting with BP officials to express their concern and eliminate future spills.

The EPA says the spill likely poses no long-term risks to the lake, wildlife or human health.

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  • Duh

    18 to 39 and both are estimates. If you know exactly how much oil was spilled the instant the report is made then the spill was deliberate. Why the apoplexy over every little detail? The press didn't have this much to say about the four dead Americans in Benghazi.

    • Shane

      Atta boy! I see what you did there, Mr. Sheep. Gotta admit, you guys are slick. Dumb as rocks in real life, but slick when it comes to trolling the internet on behalf of fake news organizations!