Regional emergency declared after fire at oil refinery in Indiana

The Department of Transportation (DOT) declared a regional emergency on Saturday after a fire at an Indiana BP oil refinery caused an unplanned shutdown.

The closure will impact four Midwest states who depend on the refinery for gas.

The situation

“This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel and provides necessary relief,” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said in a statement, according to The Daily Wire.

BP spokesperson Christina Audisho explained Friday that the company was “continuing to assess when a restart of the affected units can take place.”

The impact

“There were no injuries. The refinery handles more than 430,000 barrels per day,” The Hill reported.

“It provides about 20 to 25 percent of the refined gas, diesel and jet fuel that the four states collectively use,” it added.

Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also issue an executive order to help ease the impact on the supply chain following the BP fire.

“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,” Whitmer said, as states seek to keep the pain at the pump from spiking over the situation.

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