Just when we think Big Oil doesn’t care about the little guy, they go and do something warm and fuzzy like give us free pizza in exchange for destroying our towns and killing our neighbors. Yep, you read that right. Survive one fracking explosion, get a free pizza combo meal from your hometown pizzeria!
After a massive explosion on February 11, 2014 in Bobtown, Pennsylvania left one person injured, one dead, and risked the lives of rescue workers and members of the surrounding community, Chevron Appalachia pulled out all stops to make it up to everyone involved. After all, Chevron reported revenue of $220 billion in 2013, so they can afford to take care of the communities they destroys, right? Of course. And Bobtown is no exception.
This is what the letter said (image below), via Philadelphia News:
We are sorry to have missed you. ?We wanted to provide you with a status update on the February 11 incident that occurred on Chevron’s Appalachia’s Lanoce 7 H well pads in Dunkard Township and see if you had any questions or concerns that we could address.
Chevron recognizes the effect this has had on the community. ?We value being a responsible member of this community and will continue to strive to achieve incident-free operations. ?We are committed to taking action to safeguard our neighbors, our employees, our contractors and the environment.
If you have any questions, please call our toll free community line at 1-877-847-8408.
Chevron Community Outreach Team
Let’s give a huge hat-tip to No Fracking Way for this advertising idea:
This isn’t a joke, however, as is also pointed out by No Fracking Way:
As?reported on EcoWatch, the explosion highlights the proximity problem of oil and gas wells to homes and schools. While Chevron is busy attempting to make amends with residents, the?Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection?is fighting to reinstate Gov. Corbett’s (R-PA)?Act 13?the law that would allow gas well pads and?fracking?infrastructure to be built 300 feet from residencies?a move that would almost surely make disasters such as the Dunkard?well explosion more devastating. The?Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down Act 13 at the end of last year, finding it unconstitutional and ruling that municipalities had the authority to regulate zoning.?
A Philadelphia News reporter called Bobtown Pizza and confirmed that about 100 gift certificates were distributed by Chevron. Note that the pizza combo coupon must be used before May 1, 2014. No details are available as to whether or not extra toppings are allowed.
You can watch a short video below: