HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Many BP gas stations in the Pine Belt are covering their signs and changing over to Texaco as a supplier of their fuel.
Dandy Dan's General Manager Cam Richards said BP started closing out of some terminals in parts of the state earlier this year.
"We need to be proactive and not reactive. So as long as we had somebody like Texaco Chevron coming and talking to us about switching we thought April 1st would be a good time," said Richards. "As you know, the oil spill didn't happen until the 24th or 26th of April. I know it looks bad because we have taken them all down now."
Richards added, "But it had absolutely nothing to do with the oil spill."
Richards said it is important for people to understand all gas stations are locally owned and operated, and no one should consider boycotting BP.