Walorski, Upton discuss concerns with BP’s Whiting Refinery outage

After learning that production issues reportedly led to an outage at BP’s Whiting Refinery in northern Indiana, U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Fred Upton (R-MI) voiced their concerns with the breach last week.

BP’s Whiting Refinery is the largest in the Midwest. The emergency shutdown drove up gas prices
nationwide.

“We are all indeed suffering from these huge price spikes driven by the unscheduled shutdown of the Whiting Refinery operation knowing that the most vulnerable will be hit the hardest as they try to get to work, run errands and try and take care of their household needs,” the lawmakers said. “In addition, there will be huge unpredicted costs in getting goods to market across the Midwest again impacting us all. It is imperative that BP release as much information as they can regarding the maintenance schedule so that speculators will not cause market prices to rise due to bad information.”

The outage is expected to last another month.

“We are of course reminded that the failure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline years ago does impact supply,  and has prevented infrastructure improvements to both pipelines and refinery expansions that may have alleviated the current situation,” Walorski, who serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and chair of Nutrition Subcommittee, said.