Recently you may have heard some news about the BP refinery in Whiting Indiana. Unfortunately the information given out may not have been entirely factual. As you know the media tends to write stories that sell newspapers and sometimes the truth gets buried. I am not saying that is necessarily the case here issues are complex and there are at least two sides to every one.
Only treated water is discharged into Lake Michigan. The discharge from the refinery is 99.9% water and contains no sludge. Yes that is not perfect but rain water run off from streets into the lake is just as bad if not worse. The refinery is closely regulated by the government and BP has on its own worked to provide continous improvement to the environmental conditions.
In the last 4 years BP has reduced the total suspended solids in its water discharge by 40%. BP is planning on investing about $150 Million to enhance the refinery’s wastewater treatment capabilities.
Obviously no one really wants an oil refinery. They are not pretty and they do pose the potential for some environmental impact. However we all like to drive cars, heat our homes etc. Our economy runs on oil and gas and the Whiting refinery produces the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel people in the Midwest need for their daily lives.
BP is planning on spending $3 billion to modernize the Whiting Refinery to allow the processing of additional heavy crude oil from Canada. As our energy needs continue to grow and the unrest in the Mid East continues to drive oil prices up Candian Oil remains a secure and reliable source.
In conclusion if you have read anything about the BP Whiting refinery please dig a little deeper and look at all the facts. Decisions should be made based on all the facts. Too often things are sensationalized and spun in a certain way to play to one side’s agenda.
I don’t know what is right or wrong. I am a dog and I don’t live in Indiana. The environment is an important issue. We need to protect the environment however the environment is an easy tool to sway public opinion. Don’t be a sheep come up with your own believe as to what is right or wrong. Hate BP if you want, feel free to be against the refinery in Whiting but do some research. Knowledge is power.