Fire in northern Indiana causes Michigan Governor to take action

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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019 file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks at a news conference in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)
A fire at an oil refinery in northern Indiana has caused Michigan’s Governor to enact measures to prevent damage to Michigan.
20-25% of all gas, diesel, and jet fuel in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin is processed at BP’s largest refinery in Whiting, Indiana. An electrical fire on Wednesday at that refinery left part of the plant shut down.
In an effort to prevent any potential damages this might cause to the region, on Friday the U.S. Department of Transportation lifted regulations in the region to ease fuel transportation. The order lifts any maximum hour limits for gas or diesel deliverers and eases the transition into current stocks of fuel supplies.
On Saturday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a similar executive order to prevent any gas or oil shortages from harming Michigan.
“I am taking action to help address Michigan’s fuel needs after a fire and power outage at a BP refinery in Indiana,” said Governor Whitmer.
“The impacts of the outage at the Whiting facility will be widespread across our region, and I am taking proactive steps to help Michiganders get the fuel they need to drive their cars and help businesses keep their products moving. With today’s action, I am freeing up more gas supply and removing any impediments to gas delivery to cut down wait times at stations. I will keep working to get Michiganders the affordable gas they need without delay.”
BP officials are still monitoring the impact of the shutdown caused by the fire and when the full production can restart.

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