BP: Bad News/Bad Neighbor?
By JoshMogerman in News on Feb 5, 2011 9:00PM
BP's Whiting, IN refinery [samuelalove]
For months, Whiting residents have been complaining about what the Northwest Indiana Times describes as a “distinct hum and vibration emanating from the plant causing some restless nights for some angry residents.” BP doesn’t deny the issue, but they cannot quite put their finger on its source either:
"We are systematically investigating the sound inside and outside the refinery and in the neighborhoods to determine the source," Director of BP Government Affairs Tom Keilman told the Times. "We are utilizing a third-party acoustic consultant to determine the source."While they are looking for the source of the sound, BP officials are probably also investigating the source of recent refining hiccups that required reports to regulators regarding hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide releases, ongoing flaring issues, and a small oil release from a leaky pipe. None of those are likely to help as their essential air pollution permits remain in flux with the EPA.
The refinery dates back to the days of Standard Oil over a century ago. In recent years it has become one of the biggest processors of the controversially high-carbon tar sands oil from Canada, which was a key point of discussion yesterday as President Obama met with Canadian Prime Minister Harper in the White House.
But folks in Whiting probably care less about geopolitics and the sordid issues of elevated pollution. They just want their neighbor to pull its act together so the can get a good night’s sleep. We can’t blame ‘em.