WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Although the Gulf oil spill has not reached the Carolina coast, the disaster is affecting our gas pumps. We called three BP franchise owners today to find out how the oil spill is affecting their business.
The manager of the Forest Hills BP on Market Street in Wilmington, Vicki Ahmed, said the media's bad publicity on the spill is affecting locally owned and operated BP businesses.
The owner of Scotchman BPs in Wilmington and Leland Jeff Turpin did not return our call this afternoon.
The Camerons who own 10 BP gas stations in Wilmington released this statement: "We are focused intently on BP's efforts to fix the leak and clean up the spill. As the efforts to solve the problems in the Gulf progress, we hope customers will continue to shop with us."
Some customers say BP is now at the bottom of their list.
"I've been avoiding BP," Jeremy Wells of Wilmington said. "I feel like they should've fixed the problem by now, and I'm sure we're going to end up paying for it at the pump at every BP and the rest of the world at every BP. We're all going to pay for it as far as seafood and everything else for God knows how long if not forever."
Others are still willing to roll up to the BP pump.
"Things happen," Melvin Evans of Wilmington said. "Exxon had a spill, and people still bought Exxon gas, so same people. You gotta buy where it's the cheapest and the closest."
Mookie Keith says BP needs the business.
"Matter of fact, they might need to shop more 'cause they're getting hit with a lot of fines," he said.
Station owner Rob Cameron said he should know in the next few days if the oil spill has in fact, affected his businesses.