Winds and waves delay survey of Indiana oil spill

In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker collects oil particles from the beach in Whiting, Ind. Crews for oil giant BP worked Tuesday to clean up an undetermined amount of crude oil that spilled into Lake Michigan and affected about a half-mile section of shoreline near Chicago following a malfunction at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery, officials said. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Jim Karczewski)  MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES
In this March 25, 2014 photo, a worker collects oil particles from the beach in Whiting, Ind. Crews for oil giant BP worked Tuesday to clean up an undetermined amount of crude oil that spilled into Lake Michigan and affected about a half-mile section of shoreline near Chicago following a malfunction at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery, officials said. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Jim Karczewski) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

WHITING, Ind. (AP) — High winds and waves have delayed a search along Lake Michigan for crude oil possibly submerged offshore following an oil spill at BP’s northwestern Indiana refinery.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday’s poor weather made it too dangerous for a Coast Guard, BP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assessment team to launch boats to retrieve samples along the path of the Whiting refinery’s oil spill. That work is expected to resume Sunday.

Crews were scheduled to remove oil-covered pebbles Saturday along the lake some 20 miles southeast of downtown Chicago where a refinery malfunction discharged oil earlier this week.

BP said Thursday a preliminary estimate shows between 15 and 39 barrels of oil were discharged into the lake by its Whiting refinery. That’s between 630 and 1,638 gallons.

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