Refer back to my “misplaced anger” post for a background.
It’s possible the oil won;t even be sold to a refinery directly by BP or processed in the Gulf. Big oil companies have trading departments that commonly swap barrels of crude with other firms or sell them to traders who could route the oil across the globe, Langlinais said.
Once that crude hits a refinery, the oil could end up in a wide array of fuels and products including gasoline, diesel, heating oil, asphalt and plastic — including the bags used at grocery stores, the cases for cell phones and microwaves. It also can be used as raw feed for chemical companies.