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UPDATE: BP Whiting Refinery Oil Discharge

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The amount of oil that was discharged from BP's Whiting Refinery on Monday afternoon remains unknown. Indiana Department of Emergency Management Public Information Officer Dan Goldblatt told the Region News Team they first heard of the incident around 4:30pm and they, along with BP Emergency Response contractors, the EPA and the Coast Guard, were on the scene Monday night and into this morning cleaning up.
Coast Guard Federal On-Scene Coordinator Representative Jeremy Thomas says a majority of the cleanup has been mechanical and manual recovery along the shoreline, but mostly what they've dealt with has all been small tar balls. Thomas says no visible oil is on the water and absorbent and containment booms were used outside the site to keep the oil from going anywhere. He says crews will continue to work through the evening with maintenance work on the shoreline and vacuum trucks are on site to prevent any oil from pooling up.
The Times reports BP has stated a processing disruption occurred Monday night and some oily water found its way into the cooling water system, which was discharged into a cove located between the water treatment plant and the steel mill.
Goldblatt says the EPA will be conducting an investigation into the incident.
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