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Coast Guard: BP let 9 to 18 barrels of oil in lake

March 27, 2014 • Business


In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker combs the beach in Whiting, Ind. Crews for oil giant BP worked Tuesday to clean up an undetermined amount of crude oil that spilled into Lake Michigan and affected about a half-mile section of shoreline near Chicago following a malfunction at BP’s northwestern Indiana refinery, officials said. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Jim Karczewski) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An initial assessment of a Lake Michigan oil spill shows that between nine and 18 barrels of crude oil entered the lake following a malfunction at oil giant BP’s sprawling northwestern Indiana refinery, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Coast Guard spokesman Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf said the estimate comes from the Coast Guard’s initial visual assessment Tuesday of the spill scene at BP’s Whiting refinery some 20 miles southeast of downtown Chicago.

One barrel of oil contains about 42 gallons, meaning the estimate indicates between about 378 and Login to read more

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