The BP Refinery-Factory In Whiting, Indiana – Enviromental Harzard Or Sustainable Energy – Tradeoff Please
The world we presently live in forces our motives to be focused on self survival. To harvest our own resources and not to be dependent on external means. BP is an energy company with it’s sole purpose focused on the continuation and the preservation of the American way of life as we know it. But in their stellar attempts in allowing us to continue living our lives in freedom, there’s always counter resistance from seemingly good intentions. A recent article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune, in its attempt to protect and address environmental issues and concerns, may have misrepresented some key facts regarding the actions of the BP refinery in Illinois.
The Chicago Tribune article pointed out the possible violations and potential hazards BP may be causing in its attempts to further increase the production of oil at its refinery plant in Whiting, Indiana. Their main point being the further polluting of Lake Michigan by BP, when they gained approval of dumping increased, but allowable legal amounts of toxins such as ammonia and industrial sludge into the lake, further endangering the fish population and immediate environment due to its high metal content.
BP however is well aware of its potential impact on harming the environment and is fully responsible and committed to the preservation of its surroundings. The BP plant, based in Whiting, Indiana only disposes clean treated water and not sludge as claimed in the report, as well as allowable ammonia discharge into Lake Michigan. Water and discharge that is well within the legal limits as set out and regulated by the Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management and the US Environmental Protection Agency. These limits disposed will not harm people, animals or the environment.
Energy, as in effective and efficient oil production, is a vital commodity required to heat our homes, operate our cars, keep us employed thus prolonging our lives. BP Refinery based in Indiana uses Canadian heavy crude oil which requires an additional refinement process. This reduces the reliance of importing oil from unstable middle eastern countries. BP is also committed to modernizing its refinery by spending $3 Billion to upgrade its process and to enhance the refineries wastewater treatment system.