As for still going to a BP, you'll change your mind when gas prices go up to pay for this. Who cares about the local guy that owns it. He probably won't lose his house over it. He'd probably just switch to a different franchise. How else are people supposed to show a big company they're disapproval of what they're doing? Write a letter while they destroy a whole coastline and many regular people's livelyhoods? I say who cares about the franchise owner when thousands of people are out of work because of BP.
So I realize BP is wrecking our coastline, but you have to give them credit on the amount of money and efforts they are putting forth to try and make things right, a lot of companies out there would have declared bankruptcy or just quit by now. As far as boycotting the stations, you aren't really hurting BP a whole lot by doing that, they have enough stations and enough people that will keep buying, the only real people getting hurt by that are the local people who can and will lose their house if they lose enough business because of a boycott. Yes they can choose to be an SA or Holiday or some other fuel named franchise, but most of the owners of the stores are under a contract and can't just change, and they have to get permits and pay for the change in signage and promotions and other things in order to change, so it's not really as simple as you state.
Also, did you think of all the people that would be out of a job here in the US if BP were to go out of business because of this. You have people whole deliver the fuel, trucking companies, storage companies, the gas stations themselves and all the employees. Also, you have all the companies and the suppliers of other products at the gas stations that would lose business if BP went under and some of those could possible go under as well.
I'm not trying to harp on the person who originally posted this, that is why I didn't include there s/n, I'm just trying to explain that there is a bigger picture to look at.
Feel free to discuss your viewpoints on this as well, as I know this is a hot topic for some and there are definitely people who feel very strongly towards one side or the other.
I myself will continue to use my local BP gas station, not because it is a BP, but because the service I get from the employees there is better than at other local gas stations. If the station were to change it's name to a holiday or shell or some other name brand but kept the current employees I would still go to this station.