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BP Contains Hydrocarbon Leak in Northwest Indiana

March 24, 2008

Officials at B-P’s northwest Indiana oil refinery in Whiting say a gas leak at the plant was contained Thursday.  The gas leaked was a type of hydrocarbon.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, hydrocarbons can pose serious health risks to humans, depending on the length of time people are exposed.  The EPA says a hydrocarbon leak at an oil refinery can range from no health risk to headaches and eye, nose and throat irrigation to serious complications like liver and kidney damage.  B-P spokesperson Scott Deans has not specified what chemical, or how much, was released, but says the incident posed no danger to nearby residents.  He says the leak was found Wednesday after people living nearby complained of a gasoline odor. Dean says the leak was contained by Thursday morning. 

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