Oil company BP finishes pullout in North Dakota

Oil company BP finishes pullout in North Dakota

The oil company BP has finished its pullout in North Dakota.

The company said last August it was going to stop selling its brand gasoline and diesel fuel in North Dakota and three other states by the middle of this year.

The announcement affected 11 suppliers in North Dakota that serve 34 retail locations in the state. Mike Rud with the North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association says most former BP stations have either changed brand names or have gone unbranded.

BP has not had much of a presence in North Dakota since 2001, when it sold the oil refinery at Mandan, N.D., to Tesoro Petroleum Corporation. The sale included 10 company-owned Amoco service stations and contracts to supply fuel to other outlets.

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