Penalties under review over Indiana refinery spill

AP BP Whiting Oil Spill
In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker dumps soil into a bag 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

WHITING, Ind. (AP) — The Coast Guard says its report on the oil spill from BP’s northwestern Indiana refinery has been sent for a review of whether the company will face any penalties.

Crews spent several days cleaning up oil along the Lake Michigan shoreline after the company says up to some 1,600 gallons of oil was discharged into the lake from a March 24 malfunction at the Whiting refinery.

Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dykens tells The Times of Munster a hearing officer in Washington will decide within a month whether BP will face any fines, penalties or corrective actions for the spill.

BP spokesman Scott Dean says its investigation into the spill’s cause is focusing on a now-removed connection between a crude distillation unit and the cooling water system.
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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

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