WHITING, IND. – An assessment team that formed in response to last week’s BP oil spill on Lake Michigan in Indiana has decided that no further cleanup efforts are needed.
Crews determined that trace amounts of oil remain along the rocky shoreline of BP’s refinery in Whiting following the March 24 spill. Up to 1,638 gallons of oil were discharged when a distillation unit malfunctioned, officials said.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Thomas said aggressive cleanup methods, such as pressure washing, to remove the remaining oil would do more harm than good to the environment.
The remaining oil along the rocky wall on either side of a cove-like area, where the oil was believed to be contained to, has formed to asphalt and become part of the rock, Thomas said. It doesn’t pose a threat to the environment or wildlife, he said.
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