Comments: Saudi-Free Gas

It has been an avocation of mine to buy from U.S. sources everything I need from food to fuel, it's hard to find U.S. products. Sunoco or Phillips are probably ok, Tesoro is an american oil company but has limited outlets., BP is iffy, they've merged with Amoco and Arco two major U.S. companies but little is known about smaller mergers. As an ex-Arco employee I know that there are oil trades between oil companies to reduce transportation costs because these companies control their own shipping or they're a part of a consortium. Therefore it might be cheaper for Texaco to trade a tanker of Libyan crude for a tanker of Arco's Indonesian crude destined to their given refineries. Arco had interests in Indonesia, the North Sea, a partnership with Brit Oil, and its Prudhoe Bay, Alaska oil fields. BP and Standard were partnered as was Arco and Exxon in Alaska along with 13 other smaller partners, they are all under BP now, Arco's Kuparuk field is now Phillips Petroleum, Conoco has a small field at Point McIntire north of Prudhoe Bay, all oil is shipped via Aleyeska Pipeline Co. (a consortium) to Valdez. Alaska. Theres an old saying about oil companies "they're like cats, you can't tell if they're fighting or mating", it's still true. It's difficult to find an american oil company that isn't in some way dealing in middle east oil. It's not unusual for a gas station to buy it's gas from an "independent source", you might see a Texaco or Arco or Shell, or an unmarked tanker truck unloading at your local BP station at 2:AM. But we can avoid buying from the enemy if we think about the problem and act, this will force the oil companies to clean up their act. Shell has been on my ****list since 1968 , the safest place in Vietnam was inside the Shell delivery truck from one end of QL1 to the other. French products rate even lower on the scale.

Posted by Jack at June 20, 2004 12:17 PM

In my area all the Amoco stations are now BP stations, so I guess it depends on whether or not it is BP corporate policy not to buy petrol from the middle east. If they let Amoco continue as before, then the BP stations here are still serving up middle east products.

Posted by Israel at June 21, 2004 01:34 AM

The story is not quite true. See http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/nogas.htm

Posted by Israel at June 21, 2004 01:35 AM
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