Is BP Suffering Yet?Posted: June 4, 2010
Jim Dyer, in a comment on my post of June 2, has a good idea for a national “buy gas somewhere else than BP day” when this thing is all over, depriving them of the sales of however many millions of gallons of our oil they’ve ended up losing for us. I love that, and wonder if it’s already happening.
I’ve tried to notice how many cars I see in BP gas stations as I drive by, and, anecdotally, it seems like fewer than at other stations now. I know I haven’t bought gas at a BP since this thing started, and I used to patronize them a fair amount. (BP and Shell are the two brands which have multiple stations near me.) I’d bet millions of other drivers are voting with their wheels the same way I am. So that’s another story I’m not seeing in the press: How much decline has occured in BP gas station sales since the leak in the Gulf started?
P.S. An article in Slate points out that while BP does own some of its own gas stations and AM/PM minimarts, many are owned by independent owner/operator franchisees, who are blameless in the catastrophe. A boycott would unfairly punish them. Nevertheless, making a personal decision for myself, I find I’ve been unable to consider filling up at a BP since late April. And when I drive past a BP station now and see whether others feel the same way I do, the evidence seems to confirm that they do.