BP Oil Spill Protesters Deface SoHo Gas Station Sign

By Patrick Hedlund on June 1, 2010 8:48pm 

The sign at BP gas station at Houston and Lafayette streets.
The sign at BP gas station at Houston and Lafayette streets.
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 By Patrick Hedlund

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — New Yorkers upset over the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are taking their anger out in crude fashion at a BP gas station in SoHo.

A critic of the company’s handling of the ongoing leak recently smeared an oil-colored substance over the BP logo on the station’s sign at the corner of Houston and Lafayette streets.

The vandalism occurred only days after a demonstration by protesters at the same location last week.

A part-time employee of the gas station said he thought the grayish goop was paint, but he had no idea who launched the offensive. The worker added that no customers have given him a hard time personally since the spill.

All BP gas stations are independently operated franchises that are supplied with oil by the company, the Village Voice reported.

The demonstration last Friday drew dozens of participants — many dressed as sea creatures and covered in oil-like concoctions — as similar protests took place at BP gas stations across the country.

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