Residents of Bobtown, a tiny burb in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, were rocked by an early-morning explosion Feb. 11 that “sounded like a jet engine going 5 feet above your house,” one resident told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The explosion came from a Chevron-owned fracking well that was poised to begin production of natural gas. One worker was presumed dead in the blast.
Understandably, the explosion was the cause of considerable worry to Bobtown-area residents. Even without the five-day-long fires, fracking wells have caused water contamination
and other issues in Pennsylvania communities.
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Sunday, Bobtown residents received a letter from Chevron Appalachia Community Outreach that included the energy company’s token of apology: a coupon for a free large pizza and a two-liter soda at Bobtown Pizza.
The letter reads, in part:
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.
Philadelphia Daily News
columnist Will Bunch called the pizzeria and confirmed that Chevron distributed about 100 coupons in the community. He wrote:
Of course, a cynic would argue that a lifetime supply of pizza—even with those cheesy breadsticks thrown in—wouldn't be worth the health risks of having a massive fracking rig next door. On the other hand, I see a possible new marketing campaign for Chevron: We guarantee your fracking rig won't explode, or your pizza is free!
That pizza won’t be free forever, though. The coupons (shown below) expire May 1: