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Thu Aug 28, 2014, 09:54 AM

Explosion Shakes BP's Largest Oil Refinery in The U.S. [View all]

Source: ClimateProgress

A fire broke out at BPís largest U.S. refinery on Wednesday night after a compressor exploded in one of the refineryís units, sending shakes through local homes and injuring one worker, according to media reports.

The explosion is the latest mishap at the companyís Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana, which in March was responsible for leaking up to 1,638 gallons of oil into Lake Michigan. That incident occurred less than two weeks after the U.S. lifted BPís ban on seeking new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Whiting refinery is a huge operation, producing up to 423,500 barrels of oil every day. Itís the seventh-largest refinery in the United States, and was recently upgraded to process oil from the Canadian tar sands.
BP said it had contained the fire as of Thursday morning, and that the plant continued to operate.

The plant itself has drawn opposition from environmentalists because of its proximity to Lake Michigan, which supplies drinking water for seven million people in the Chicago area alone.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/08/28/3476659/explosion-bp-whiting-refinery/



Thanks, Obama, for lifting BP's ban on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Cause we can see from the series of spills and explosions at BP's largest US refinery that the corporation has really cleaned up its act regarding operating safely! NOT!

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