The oil spill at BP's Whiting, Indiana refinery appears to be over. The Coast Guard says no additional oil was seen on Lake Michigan or the shoreline in northern Indiana yesterday, and BP will be allowed to remove most of the containment boom deployed in the water. The estimate of how much oil got into the lake is very wide at between 630 and 1,638 gallons. The crude made its way in to Lake Michigan last Monday about 20 miles southeast of downtown Chicago thanks to a malfunction at the refinery. Cleanup crews spent last week removing oil from about a half-mile section of shoreline. Indiana officials do not believe the spill poses any threat to drinking water intakes in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan or Wisconsin.
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