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Lake surveyor waiting for BP spill report

Bill EmersJr.

Bill Emerson Jr.

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Updated: June 26, 2014 6:16AM



Lake County Surveyor Bill Emerson Jr. said he expects to soon learn the findings from an internal investigation by BP Whiting into the March oil spill that dumped up to 1,638 gallons of crude into Lake Michigan.

Emerson said he has been staying in contact with the fuel-maker because the location of the spill was so close to the Hammond Lake Michigan intake, which is the source of clean water for much of Lake County.

“I’m just trying to be proactive. I just want to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said, adding if an oil spill were to somehow get into the county’s waterways that are his responsibility it would be a big concern.

Emerson in April sent a letter to John Minge, BP of America CEO, commending the company’s quick response to the spill into Lake Michigan following the March 24 malfunction in an oil processing unit.

He said BP has been cooperative and has provided him the information he has requested, including a breakdown of the type of oil that leaked.

BP is in the process of conducting an internal investigation into the leak to determine what measures need to be in place to avoid a similar incident from ever happening again.

Scott Dean, public information officer for BP, said Friday the investigation into what happened still is ongoing. Dean said he has no time frame for the completion of the internal investigation at this time.



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