Oil spills into Lake Michigan from BP's Whiting refinery

|About: BP p.l.c. (BP)|By:, SA News Editor

BP says its 400K-plus bbl/day Whiting refinery in Indiana had leaked an undisclosed amount of crude oil into Lake Michigan.

Depending on the size of the spill, the incident could have a bearing on the penalties facing BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster; the penalty to be set by the federal judge hearing the case in New Orleans will range up to a potential maximum of ~$18B, based on factors including the company’s other offenses.

BP says the discharge had stopped but is not yet able to quantify the amount of oil discharged into the lake; a person working with the clean-up crew says it appeared only a dozen or so barrels of crude had spilled, and the north wind had blown much of the oil on to the shore.