Lake Michigan Oil Spill: 39 Barrels of Oil Spilled From BP Whiting Refinery in Northwest Indiana

After the Golf of Mexico, BP oil is destroying the ecosystem of Lake Michigan, which represents the source of drinking water for more than 7 million people around Chicago. And this with oil processed from Canadian tar sands!

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Whiting refinery spills ioil in Lake Michigan – March 2014

From previous estimates of 9 and 15 barrels, BP revealed today that at least 39 barrels or 1,638 gallons of oil were spilled into Lake Michigan after a malfunction in a new distillation unit of the BP Whiting Refinery. Yes, this is almost 5 times the initial number… Are they still lying to us?

For now, the spill is not dangerous, although the drinking water intake is only 8 miles northwest of the spill site. But there are no signs of contamination in the area… Until now!

The spill was first observed on water at around 4:30 p.m. last Monday. The leak was sealed around 5 hours later at 9 p.m. The the BP Whiting Refinery is America’s seventh-largest refinery. The new 4 billion dollar distillation unit was recently constructed to process more heavy Canadian oil from the tar sands region of Alberta.

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