Local students protest BP

Protester Rachel Capito, front, of Richmond, stands with a barrel and sign along with Mary Rafferty, right, during a protest by Enviornment Virginia in front of a BP gas station in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

June 23, 2010 3:57:10 AM PDT
The Gulf oil disaster will spread to a small lake in Raleigh today as a group of local students prepare to send BP a message.

Students are joining protestors worldwide in expressing their outrage over the oil spill. Tuesday in London, Greenpeace protestors interrupted a BP executive who was speaking at an oil conference.

And today at a Johnston Lake loading dock in Raleigh, students will take a BP bath that consists of a mixture of black paint and oil.

They also will have crosses in front of them to symbolize the deaths of animals, nature and jobs as a result of the spill.

The students are part of a massive, online movement to boycott BP. In addition to the BPisBS.com website, there's another online campaign on Facebook.

The group is gaining momentum and gaining supporters who have vowed to stop buying BP products.

"I told my husband not to stop at the BP, to go ahead to the next store," former BP customer Lori Bordeaux told ABC11 Eyewitness News.

Others agree the protestors' actions make sense.

"I think it makes good sense," Raleigh resident Gayle Gonzalez said. "It seems like BP was not a good steward of the environment."

On the other hand, critics question the effectiveness of protests like the one scheduled in Raleigh.

"I don't think boycotting is going to affect a company that makes billions of dollars in a quarter," Will Garner told ABC11.

Experts say it's the independent station and the BP that's taking the hit.

Still, the students who plan to participate in the Johnston Lake protest hope to send a message. The rally begins at noon.

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