Lawsuit Forces Some B.P. Stations To Drop Signs

Across the Bluegrass, some of the familiar green and yellow B.P. signs are coming down, thanks to a judge's ruling in a lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges the gas at some gas stations, was not B.P. brand or B.P. quality gas, as required by contract.

B.P. says the fuel may be mis-branded or a mixture of B.P. brand gas and other cheaper fuel. That mixture might not be in compliance with state law, which could be dangerous to your car.

"A few years ago, bad motor fuel got in the pumps in Louisville and caused damaged to a number of engines," said Ted Sloan, with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

The agriculture department deals with issues like this, officials say they can't check every gas pump, and every gallon of gas sold.

"The expense has grown while budgets remained flat. What that means is we've tested fewer and fewer samples over the years, until recently only testing 5600 per year," Sloan said.

B.P. itself tested fuel from some of the Wisconsin Company's stations. It says those results confirm the allegations.
The stations in question are still open. The only difference is what comes out of the pump, is no longer labeled as B.P. brand gas.

Selling off brand gas isn't against the law, but it violates the contract between B.P. and the stations that carry it's name.

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  • by Virgil Location: Richmond/Irvine on Mar 11, 2008 at 12:48 AM
    There is no reason for gas to be as high as it is. Simply put we have to have gas to live life and they know it and our government does nothing about it. Now with that said the first thing people can do is NEVER fill their tanks up if all you do is drive to work and back. And cut out the unessesary trip or combine trips. Only pump in enough to get you by. Start out with a quarter tank so that if something emergent comes up you have that to burn. It is not how much we spend a week. It is how much we spend a day. This is why gas seems to be cheaper during the first 2 days of the week and then go up toward friday and saturday cause people go Fill up during those 2 days. Simply Put if everyone only uses what is absolutely nessesary then the price of gas has no choice but to come down.
  • by c Location: fkt on Mar 10, 2008 at 05:33 AM
    Doesn't surprise me to hear that these stations are owned by foreigners. We are being sold little by little. You don't even have to be a US citizen to buy property or businesses. One day we will wake up and not be the United States of American anymore. We will be the United Arbia States or perhaps the United India States. I believe that every gas station in Frankfort is owned by foreigners so boycotting them is out for us because we need the gas. What happens when foreigners own all the resources in America? Then we either do what they say or we will be at a stand still! I blame the US Congress for this mess. No one who is not an US citizen should be able to own property or businesses in the USA! When they become citizens, then they can enjoy the benefits of America. Otherwise, we are selling America and gasoline is just the beginning of the resource war. KY American Water is foreign owned so there another resource. Resource war is coming folks, so you better get ready for it!
  • by Brian Location: Winchester on Mar 10, 2008 at 12:08 AM
    I thought followers Hinduism worshiped many Gods, the primary deity being Shiva, the destroyer, and that the owners of these stations were from India, where 85% of the religion is Hindu. (I concede that 2% is Buddhist) Also, (properly spelled Buddha) Buddhism is tied mainly to East Asia and Tibet, SO NOW I HAVE 2 QUANDARIES. Someone or some entity (or both) is either helping dumb down America, or I am a certifiable genius, and I am almost certain it is not the later. And Mr. Bill, I could not agree with you more, it is a tax issue, not a public safety issue. If we can run a car by corn or water, what does it mater who sells the station gas. A friend of mine has a small "counrty store" in rural Clark Co., and he buys his gas from Chevron, the exact same gas you get from the red, white, and blue station. The only difference is that my Chevron credit card is not accepted there because he is not "branded", or he has not allowed the corporation to hang their logo over his fuel pumps.
  • by Get r done on Mar 9, 2008 at 02:57 PM
    It's BUDAH petrol, just take a good look at the feller behind the counter- GET R DONE
  • by Brian Location: Winchester on Mar 9, 2008 at 09:46 AM
    So who is Bulk Petroleum?
  • by Bill on Mar 9, 2008 at 05:13 AM
    I have to carefull, what I put in my Rolls.they tell you can run veggie oil,or hair tonic,but be carefull of gas that might not be up to par."WOW" As long as the state and feds get the tax, they could care less.
  • by DONNA Location: Louisville, KY on Mar 9, 2008 at 05:03 AM
    BP is NOT British Petroleum. There was a name change a few years ago, and now its BEYOND Petroleum. My employer admins their health care benefits, and have been told more than once. NO LONGER British.
  • by Brian Location: Winchester on Mar 9, 2008 at 01:00 AM
    So is it Bulk Petroleum or British Petroleum? Lisa managed one, I think she would know. Who is Bulk Petroleum? The reporter clearly said "green and yellow", and thant it was a "global giant." Lets get Lisa to be the reporter for the follow up segment, unless someone knows something I do not. Does anyone know anything different?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2008 at 07:17 PM
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Mar 8, 2008 at 02:52 PM
    Wow in Richmond....I said stop buying gas for a couple of days, not buy a tank full, run our asses off, then go buy another tank full the following day! If everyone would not only stop buying the big gas guzzlers like WOW in Rich. said,but also stop all the useless running around it would make a big difference. I see people drive to the store 2 and 3 times a day. Why? I know its their money they are spending, but it only lines the pockets of the rich.Young kids out running around on mom and dad's buck. Thats something else that could be stopped.There are several ways we could all ban together and make a difference.But I still think not buying gas for a few days and everyone stay at home for at least one day would make them see.FYI not only "rednecks" like big trucks. Farmers HAVE to have them to work their farms. But I agree there are too many young kids running around blowing smoke outta their stacks.
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