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BP Logos Removed From Vehicles In Colorado To Protect Workers From Harassment

First Posted: 08/19/10 09:06 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:25 PM ET

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BP is stripping its logo from trucks and machinery in the Colorado town of Durango in response to what a spokesman is calling "routine abuse from the public."

BP is the largest producer of natural gas in La Plata county, where Durango is the largest city. This year, the energy giant chipped in 15,000 to pay for the city's 4th of July fireworks show, which was due to be slashed because of budget concerns.

However, the company has faced backlash from the Southwest Colorado community since one of its rigs exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April, setting off the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Earlier this summer, vandals in Durango cut BP logos off of of the awning at the town's art center.

A BP spokesman admonished those abusing BP employees in the Durango Herald, which broke the story on Thursday. "These are people who live in Durango and work on a coal-bed methane project in Durango and have nothing to do with what's going on in the Gulf," he said.

BP also angered some local ranchers earlier this year by failing to cover a ditch for its methane pipeline.

The company was also fined $5.2 million for misreporting production numbers for wells located on the nearby Southern Ute Native American reservation.

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