The start of boycotting started with me when Exxon had the huge oil spill in Alaska back in the mid 1980s. They were (and still are) very irresponsible with the actions that they took and with the lack of taking responsibility for the damage that occurred as well as the repercussions from their company and the “Exxon Valdez” that caused the whole mess. To this day Exxon is still not being held accountable to the fullest extent and it just irks me. So I have made it a habit not to purchase any gas from Exxon, nor Mobile gas, since they merged together a decade or so ago. I don’t mind using their restrooms, but that is the extent of my relationship with any Exxon or Mobile gas station, to this very day, some 25 years or so later.
Now BP has come into place now with their oil leak issues and we don’t even have to go any further than that since the news is still full of horror stories about that mess and won’t be going away any time soon. Since the leak first started and BP wasn’t there fixing it and doing what needed to be done I have made it a practice not to purchase or visit any of the BP stations that I’ve seen and I don’t plan on it any time soon.
I just heard that BP has settled the criminal charges for $4 billion in the spill and that a handful of supervisors have been indicted on manslaughter. That has just made by day, heck made my year! As you can tell by my boycotting of these huge oils companies how strongly I feel about these accountability issues, so this is a great victory, but unfortunately this doesn’t make things go away, there is still a long and hard road ahead of both area sue to this nonsense but at least it is a start that I’m grateful for hearing about.