Correction: BP Whiting-Oil Spill story

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 27, 2014 at 10:47 am •  Published: March 27, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a March 26 story about a BP refinery spilling oil into Lake Michigan, The Associated Press misidentified the source of the initial estimate of the spill's size. That estimate came from BP through the U.S. Coast Guard, and did not originate with the Coast Guard.

An early version of the story also said the Coast Guard found "minimal oiling" along the shoreline. That assessment was reached by the Coast Guard, BP and the EPA.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Coast Guard: BP estimates 9 to 18 barrels of oil in lake

Coast Guard: BP estimates Indiana refinery released 9 to 18 barrels of oil into Lake Michigan

By RICK CALLAHAN

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An initial assessment of a Lake Michigan oil spill shows that between nine and 18 barrels of crude oil entered the lake following a malfunction at oil giant BP's sprawling northwestern Indiana refinery, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Coast Guard spokesman Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf said the estimate came from BP's initial visual assessment Tuesday of the spill scene at the company's Whiting refinery some 20 miles southeast of downtown Chicago.

One barrel of oil contains about 42 gallons, meaning the estimate indicates between about 378 and 756 gallons of crude oil were released into the lake.

Haraf said a more accurate figure likely will be released later this week on how much oil entered the lake, where crews for BP continued their cleanup work Wednesday. Those crews deployed absorbent booms following the spill, which affected a half-mile of private shoreline that's owned by BP and is not accessible to the general public.

The Environmental Protection Agency, which is supervising the cleanup work with the U.S. Coast Guard, said Tuesday that BP crews had used vacuum trucks to suck up about 5,200 gallons of an oil and water mixture from the site and had also removed oil globs from the shoreline.

The EPA issued a brief statement Wednesday saying an assessment team from the agency, the Coast Guard and BP surveyed the spill site Wednesday and found "minimal oiling of the shoreline."

The EPA said the survey team has recommended that crews continue to scour the shoreline to manually remove any remaining oil.