Wisconsin BP franchisees feeling anger

The London-based company is responsible for the nation's worst oil spill that resulted from the April 20 oil rig explosion. Eleven workers were killed. BP has nearly 700 gas stations in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers director Pam Christenson says some members report their sales are down due to an oil spill backlash.

http://www.fox11online.com
June 4, 2010

Wisconsin BP franchisees feeling anger
Some customers boycotting in wake of oil spill

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Oil from the Deepwater Horizon well is seen in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard)

MADISON (AP) - Some BP franchises in Wisconsin say they've been hurt financially by customers' anger over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The London-based company is responsible for the nation's worst oil spill that resulted from the April 20 oil rig explosion. Eleven workers were killed.

BP has nearly 700 gas stations in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers director Pam Christenson says some members report their sales are down due to an oil spill backlash.

John Kruepke owns BP stations in Jackson, Hartford and Richfield. He says any boycott hurts the small business person who has no control over the spill.

The Journal Sentinel reports that 675 of 3,000 gas stations in Wisconsin are BP franchises.

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