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An oil spill in Lake Michigan in northwest Indiana was caused by a malfunction at BP's refinery in Whiting, the Northwest Indiana Times reported. (Rusty Clark/Flickr)
Oil spill in Lake Michigan caused by BP malfunction
Posted on March 25, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.

Crews are attempting to contain and clean up an oil spill on Lake Michigan discovered Monday afternoon, March 24, after a malfunction at a BP oil refinery in Whiting.

The malfunction involved a processing disruption and oil leak into the cooling water system. Then the oil was discharged into a cove leading to Lake Michigan, the Northwest Indiana Times reported.

Officials from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were on scene with the cleanup crews Tuesday morning, March 25.

The amount of oil that spilled is still unknown.

Read more about BP's response to the oil spill in the full story by the Northwest Indiana Times.