Chevron, as it so often does, has a public relations issue to deal with. No, it isn’t a major oil spill in Brazil, Ecuador or Angola. This time, a Chevron fracking well exploded in Bobtown, Pennsylvania, a small town in the Southwestern tip of the state.
One oil rig worker is presumed dead and a fire raged for five days in the area. Bobtown residents said their houses and shook and it "sounded like a jet engine going 5 feet above your house."
So, how does Chevron make it up to the residents of Bobtown for this scary, dangerous and for one unfortunate soul, deadly event?
Yes, all 757 residents of Bobtown are entitled to one large pizza and a 2-liter drink.
The letter reads:
February 16, 2014
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 Appalachia’s Lancoe 7 H well pads in Dunkard Township and see if you had any questions or concerns that we could address.
Chvron revognizes 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 concerns, please call our toll-free community line at 1-877-847-8406
Chevron Community Outreach Team
Then, the coupon for pizza. A treat so powerful it might absolve all unpleasant memories of the explosion, the death and destruction it caused, and Chevron’s years of environmental maladies.