(Photos Courtesy of the US Coast Guard)
BP reports this evening that crews have recovered a vast majority of oil that had been visible on the surface of a cove-like area of Lake Michigan and on the shoreline between the Whiting refinery and a nearby steel mill. Officials report vacuum trucks and absorbent booms have been used to contain and cleanup the surface oil and responders also manually collected oil that had reached the shore.
BP and federal agencies are assessing the shoreline to determine what, if any, next steps are required in the response effort.
Meanwhile, BP reports they continue to work to calculate the amount of oil discharged into lake, caused by a processing disruption on Monday after some oily water found its way into to the refinery's cooling water system.