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Local BP Owners Hope Spill Doesn't Hurt Business

May 28, 2010, 9:52 PM by Courtney Zieller

Local BP Owners Hope Spill Doesn't Hurt Business
SIOUX FALLS, SD - With the amount of problems the broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been causing, some Sioux Falls BP gas station owners are hoping that doesn't affect their business.

Many Sioux Falls drivers are choosing to fill up their tanks at BP gas stations. And for owner Dave Grevlos, he hopes the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico doesn't change that.

"I haven't noticed any decline but I've been keeping a close eye on it," Grevlos said.

People in South Dakota are talking about the oil spill, which is why Grevlos put up a sign. It's to remind people that locally owned BP's shouldn't pay the price.

"I think most people know we're locally owned and not owned by BP and we just sell their fuel but just in case, I thought I'd make sure they know," Grevlos said.

It's a friendly reminder for customer Mike Sheehan.

"I'm not going to avoid BP. It sounds like they screwed up but at the same time they're trying all they can," Sheehan said.

Not everyone agrees with Sheehan. More than 157,000 people signed up for the Facebook page, Boycott BP. It's asking people not to buy BP's fuel until the spill is cleaned up.

"A lot of animals and fish are dying in there," Mohamed Ibrahim said.

But the talk about not buying is what worries Grevlos.

"They're saying they're not buying BP gas because of it and I've heard it away from my station and I work my way into the conversation and say, 'Why do you blame the stations? It's not their fault.  Accidents happen all over the world,'" Grevlos said.

An accident Grevlos wants cleaned up fast but hopes his station doesn't end up paying a price for. 

Some customers worry if people stop supporting BP, then they won't be able to afford cleaning up the spill.

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