Governor doesn't support BP boycott talk, others do

By Melanie Posey

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - As BP workers worked to stop that leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday, some drivers began to show their frustrations with the oil company.

Thousands have shown their support for several "Boycott  BP" sites on Facebook.

Hoover driver Steve Noojin is showing his anger through his wallet. "I don't stop in there to buy cigarettes or anything," Noojin said while pumping his gas at a competitor's station.  "Because I don't like what's happening on the gulf.  Everybody out of work down there, the seafood is going up, everything else like that."

Holly Glenn manages the BP gas station in Pelham and says despite the spill, customers have remained loyal as far as she's seen.  "Business has been pretty good.  We haven't noticed any drop in sales.  The same customers are coming in."

Governor Bob Riley says there will be plenty of time to play the blame game in the future.  "I'm not sure that right know it's going to do anyone any good to beat up on BP or the federal government," Riley says.  "Right now we all need to work together to make sure we protect the marshlands and estuaries."

Glenn says boycotters need to realize who they're really affecting.  "I would just let them know they're hurting the people that work here.  It's money and business we're losing."

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