In case you missed the news, BP oil wants to expand their oil refinery in Whiting, IN in order to handle Canadian crude oil. Consequently, they're seeking permits to increase the amount of waste they dump into Lake Michigan.
BP oil currently dumps 21.4 million gallons of treated wastewater each day.
Now BP wants to add 50% more ammonia and 35% more sludge (i.e., solid waste) into their wastewater each day.
Is there anything we can do about this proposal? There's not much time, but we can act now. (Actually, we have until Friday to voice our concern.) IDEM will consider all written comments before making a final decision about BP's draft wastewater permit. You can send your comment by mailing, e-mailing or faxing them to:
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Office of Water Quality
MC 65-42SR IGCN-1255
100 N. Senate Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2251
Fax: (317) 232-8637