We have been buying BP gas for quite some time. Why? In Palm City, they have the best prices when you use their BP card. We pay the card off every month and save around 5 cents a gallon compared to the other local stations each time we fill up. Do we stop buying BP gas because of their inability to contain the oil spill? Part of me says yes, part of me says it's the owner of the station who suffers the most and he's a totally innocent small business owner trying to make ends meet.
From an article on the topic
Some local BP gas retailers fear that the backlash is just beginning, and they want everyone to know that it's not their fault.
"We feel as bad about the environment as anybody," says Marc Jones, owner of Syene Depot in Fitchburg, which carries BP gas.
Like all BP gas retailers, Jones has a supply contract with the company. He is only five years into a 12-year contract, so he's stuck with the BP sign in front of his gas station for another seven years. He's concerned that any boycott would punish him and his 10 employees, as well as other retailers, for something over which he has no control.
"A boycott on any local business first affects the local businessman, then it affects the employees" he says. "And they're your friends and neighbors."