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BP factory in Whting ; the sludge issue.

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Let's see. When misrepresentations or untrue facts are published in the media, it is only fair to be able to speak up and tell the world about both sides of the story. Are you wondering what the heck is ah ling referring to? Well, recently, the Chicago Tribune(a newspaper in

Recently the Chicago Tribune ran an article about a BP Factory in Whiting, Indiana and misrepresented some important facts. What facts? Well, if you are a well-known global petroleum company like BP, and if a completely misleading article was written about your company with sentences like this which states that BP is allowed to "...release 54 percent more ammonia and 35 percent more sludge into Lake Michigan each day" WITHOUT further mentioning that BP's levels are well below the legal limits.

Really? Yes. A new water discharge permit allows BP's refinery's average ammonia discharge to increase, but at levels that will still be less than half of those that federal environmental guidelines could allow.

However, as a matter of fact, it is stated in the BP Whiting Fact Sheet, only treated water is released from their refineries in which the contents are 99.9% treated water and not sludge, as sludge is treated separately and never discharged into Lake Michigan as per state and federal requirements.

Besides, BP plans to invest around $150 million to further enhance their modern wastewater plant in Whiting to enhance the refinery's wastewater treatment capability.

The BP Whiting Fact Sheet here, certainly helps put issues into perspective. It's not fair to jump to conclusions, a'ight? One has to gather all relevant information BEFORE making a conclusion.


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