bp unsure how much oil was spilt - absorbent boom
The company said on Thursday that this week's oil spill from BP's Indiana refinery to Lake Michigan could be more than previously thought, after two US senators asked for a meeting with the British oil giant.
Republican Senator Mark Kirk and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin are both from Illinois, their request was to release an estimate at BP of 15 to 39 barrels of crude oil that had previously leaked from 9 to 18 barrels on Monday.
Senators asked for detailed information on the cause of the leak and analyzed the impact of 405 barrels of crude oil. per-day (bpd)
The production increase at the Whiting refinery and information on what is being done to prevent future spills.
"Given the recent expansion of operations at the Whiting refinery, doubling the amount of heavy oil sand being processed, this oil spill triggered a long-term
Senators wrote to John mingg, chief executive of BP America, saying "the safety and reliability of BP's new expanded production ".
The U. S. Coast Guard said Wednesday that nine to 18 barrels of crude oil had leaked.
BP said Thursday that earlier estimates were based on the size of the lake's surface gloss at the time of the leak.
The company said the latest data shared by BP with the Coast Guard and the US Environmental Protection Agency included oil and absorbent boom collected by vacuum trucks.
"BP is conducting further analysis to confirm this estimate," the company said . ".