Indiana Refinery Leak Brings Widespread Odor to Chicagoland Suburbs

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Whiting, IN – A week-old leak at a Northwest Indiana oil refinery has been identified as the source of a strong odor affecting Chicago’s south and southwest suburbs. 

BP Refinery confirmed the issue originated from a storage tank leak at its Whiting facility. “The leak was contained within the tank confinement area as of January 19, and cleanup efforts are in progress,” stated a BP spokesperson. The incident has prompted responses from local officials across the Chicagoland area, with numerous reports of a natural gas-like odor since early Wednesday morning. 

Tinley Park and other suburbs have seen a surge in 911 calls related to the odor, while Nicor Gas assures residents of the non-harmful nature of the odorant added for gas leak detection. Community members are encouraged to report any gas leak suspicions to authorities.

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