Oil spills into Lake Michigan from BP's Whiting refinery

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.

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  • MEKhoury
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    25 Mar 2014, 11:49 AM Reply Like
  • SimonSaysShort
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    Classic BP!
    25 Mar 2014, 11:52 AM Reply Like
  • doc47
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    I'm old enough to have watched that refinery burn for a week in the 1950s from the South Side of Chicago. The management and over site at this company have been and continue to be a disgrace.
    25 Mar 2014, 12:05 PM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    A dozen or so barrels of crude and this is a story?


    Only because it is (BP).


    Where is the update on the coal ash Duke Energy was having trouble with in NC rivers?


    Will they be fined too?
    25 Mar 2014, 12:01 PM Reply Like
  • joey999
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    The connections between Duke Energy and the state regulator appear to be a major scandal. The State Governor was employed for many years by Duke. It seems that even basic federal rules were not implememented and the regulator actively worked against prosecutions of Duke prior to the devastating spill.


    BP was an accident combined with incompetence but there was no evidence of cotrruption. Duke will get a slap on the wrist, no more....
    26 Mar 2014, 08:45 AM Reply Like
  • Bear Bait
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    Another reason to reroute the Keystone pipeline. Oil companies talk it; but, they don't walk it or if it is built by man it will screw up. Sooner or later the Keystone pipeline will leak with the potential of contaminating the Ogalla Aquifer. So, reroute the damn thing and then build. After all it is only a conduit to get oil to the Gulf Coast for export. Aint gonna help us!
    25 Mar 2014, 12:11 PM Reply Like
  • solojif
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    Bear Bait - I bet in your life time you spill more gas at the pump dripping out the nozzle. You probably owned a car that leaked oil, overheated and spilled coolant on the road.
    12bbls really??? This is only a story because its BP.
    25 Mar 2014, 04:15 PM Reply Like
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