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Oil Spill: Something to Ponder...

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 28, 2010

One of my colleagues snapped a photo of this sign at a BP service station this weekend.

At a time when Americans are angry and want to make a point, this sign reminds everyone that the BP boycott can have unintended consequences.

Although protesters aim their vitriol at BP, they actually can hurt members of their own communities--the independent businessmen and women who own and operate BP-branded service stations under franchise agreements. These businesspeople provide jobs, pay their taxes and provide essential services.

Read more information about the boycott and who gets hurt.


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.