WASHINGTON – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06) issued the following statement after production problems reportedly triggered an outage at BP’s Whiting Refinery in Northern Indiana last weekend:
“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. 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. 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 represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.