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BP, federal government announce $400 million settlement

A BP PLC subsidiary has agreed to spend more than $400 million to upgrade environmental controls at its Whiting Refinery and pay $8 million in civil fines in a settlement announced Wednesday to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act and other laws.

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Albertan leader seeking support on energy trade

The top government official from the Canadian province of Alberta was in Chicago this week to tout the importance of trade relationships between Canada and the United States.

February 29, 2012 3:30 pm Related

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EDITORIAL: Refinery work greases wheels of progress

On this Thanksgiving Day, as we pause to count our blessings, the $3.8 billion Whiting Refinery expansion is among them. This project is providing high-paying jobs the region desperately needs.

November 24, 2011 12:00 am
Lengthier timeline doesn't mitigate impact of BP Whiting Refinery project

Lengthier timeline doesn't mitigate impact of BP Whiting Refinery project

WHITING | Traffic jams are all too common at 129th Street and Indianapolis Boulevard during a shift change at the BP Whiting Refinery.

November 20, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Plant impact stretches past refinery gates

Plant impact stretches past refinery gates

WHITING | Many Northwest Indiana residents remain divided on how beneficial BP's multibillion-dollar Whiting Refinery expansion is for the region.

November 20, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Enviro concerns fuel struggle to fully embrace Canadian oil sands

Enviro concerns fuel struggle to fully embrace Canadian oil sands

Amid the battle of rhetoric and emotion waged at the national level over the proposed transcontinental Keystone XL pipeline, Northwest Indiana is home to a quieter effort to import more Canadian crude oil.

November 20, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Oil sands controversy continues

Oil sands controversy continues

Amid the battle of rhetoric and emotion waged at the national level over the proposed transcontinental Keystone XL pipeline, Northwest Indiana is home to a quieter effort to import more Canadian crude oil. Energy giant BP is more than three years into a project to upgrade the Midwest's large…

November 20, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Community continues to eye refinery permits

Community continues to eye refinery permits

WHITING | Environmentalists, community members and regulators have a message for BP: We'll be watching.

November 20, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Study finds effective tools for reducing discharges to Lake Michigan

Study finds effective tools for reducing discharges to Lake Michigan

HAMMOND | Lab tests show three technologies are effective at reducing mercury and other pollutants from wastewater discharges into Lake Michigan, and more work is under way to test them on a broader scale, researchers said Tuesday.

May 11, 2011 9:00 am
Study finds effective tools for reducing discharges to Lake Michigan

Study finds effective tools for reducing discharges to Lake Michigan

HAMMOND | Lab tests show three technologies are effective at reducing mercury and other pollutants from wastewater discharges into Lake Michigan, and more work is under way to test them on a broader scale, researchers said Tuesday.

May 10, 2011 3:30 pm

Report warns of increased risk of pipeline spills

Environmental groups on Wednesday urged policymakers to develop regulations to protect against pipeline ruptures that can lead to oil spills such as the leaks in Michigan and Illinois last summer.

February 17, 2011 12:00 am
DOUG ROSS: What if Egypt's unrest freezes our oil supplies?

DOUG ROSS: What if Egypt's unrest freezes our oil supplies?

It's difficult to think of the desert when you're in the deep freeze, surrounded by massive piles of snow and ice, but you should. Unfortunately, what's happening in and near Egypt's desert isn't going to give you warm thoughts, although BP's Whiting Refinery might.

February 04, 2011 12:00 am
Flowing with pride

Flowing with pride

In his first interview since becoming refinery manager, Nick Spencer said the money spent and jobs created by BP in Northwest Indiana should be a source of pride for residents. "It ought to be a facility that people are really proud of," said the London-born 52-year-old

December 05, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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