BP Leaks Oil into Lake Michigan
March 26, 2014 – Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are responding to the spill of an unknown volume of oil into Lake Michigan from the BP refinery in Whiting, Indiana this week. The federal government’s National Response Center was notified by BP on March 24, 2014 at 5:25 p.m. that a spill had occurred. In a press release, the EPA says BP has been instructed to conduct a cleanup, and under EPA oversight BP has deployed more than 2,000 feet of boom to contain the oil. The company also used vacuum trucks to remove about 5,200 gallons of an oil/water mixture from the spill location. The EPA says BP crews are combing a nearby company-owned beach for oil globs and conducting air monitoring near the spill. The U.S. Coast Guard has flown over the area and has not observed any visible sheen beyond the boomed area. The EPA does not currently have an estimate for how long the cleanup will last.