In more ways than one. After starting a shale gas fire that killed one worker, injured another and was too fracking hot to put out, Chevron’s “community outreach” staff left pizza coupons at about 100 houses around the blast site – as they went through the town to inform people that the fatal well fire had been finally put out after 6 days – but that it might re-ignite. Seems like a real neighborly gesture, until you realize that the frackers probably paid for the pizzas by docking people’s royalty checks for “community relations.” Chevron fracking explosion brings free pizza to rural Pennsylvanians. Because pizza means never having to say you’re sorry. . .
Get your free fracking pizza from Chevron: Order Your Pizza from Chevron’s CEO on Monday, 2/24!
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The blast radius of a shale gas explosion is about a quarter mile – about the same as the 1,500 foot setback of a gas well from a house in Dallas, but substantially more than the 500 foot setback proposed in New York state. And a hole fracking lot less than the zero (0) foot setback from a house for shale gas infrastructure in New York– like gathering system at the Chevron well. The gas gathering system can be close enough to a house or a school or a church to blow it to kingdom come: Then the survivors and next of kin get a steak dinner with all the trimmings at The Sizzler.
“Hey, we’re really fracking sorry we almost blew you guys away. Have a large pizza and a Big Gulp on us !
PS. The fire is nearly out. Yay ! But no smoking in town for the next 5 years or so, OK ?”
The Chevron Guarantee: Our well won’t explode…or your pizza is free!
Last Tuesday, the residents of the small rural community of Bobtown in the far southwestern corner of Pennsylvania woke up to a horrible shock — the sound of a massive explosion in their backyards. The source of the blast and the intensely hot fire that followed was a Chevron fracking well that had been set to begin production, but instead shot orange flames high into the air and gave off loud hissing sounds that could be heard hundreds of yards away.
John Kuis, 57, of nearby Dilliner told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that at 6:45 a.m., his dog growled, then the earth rumbled, and finally: “Then the house just sort of shook and there was a big loud bang.” Another neighbor told the paper that the fracking explosion “sounded like a jet engine going 5 feet above your house.”
It was a horrific event on every level. One worker at the rig was not found and is presumed dead. The fire — who posed enormous risks to rescue workers and to the surrounding community — burned intensely for five days before it was finally extinguished. Despite reassurances, neighbors surely worried whether toxins were released in the fiery aftermath.
Of course, living near a fracking rig in Pennsylvania — the state that Gov. Corbett has promised will become “the Texas of natural gas” — isn’t a picnic under the best of circumstances; scores of neighbors have complained about pollutied drinking water or foul odors or ailing pets and livestock, of headaches and nausea and skin rashes.
But the people of Bobtown who endured the Chevron blast got a sweet — or rather savory — consolation prize for all that agita.
Pizza, pizza!. OK. actually just…pizza.
Local residents were delivered a note (pictured above), dated Sunday, from the Chevron Community Outreach Team. It states 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…
Tucked inside the envelope was a gift certificate to Bobtown Pizza, courtesy of Chevron. It entitles the resident to a free large pizza, and before you say something like, “Boy, is that chintzy,” you should know that was just the beginning, that the coupon also entitles the holder to a 2-liter soda.
Is there a catch? Well, sort of – the certificate is good for a “special combo only.” Remember, Chevron’s yearly profits declined in 2013 and the firm made just barely over $21 billion. You weren’t really expected pepperoni, too, were you? (Note: the pizza certificates were first reported by No Fracking Way and Raging Chicken Press — I called (!!) the pizza shop and confirmed that about 100 of the certificates were distributed by Chevron.)
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 our fracking rig won’t explode, or your fracking pizza is fracking free!
A week ago today an explosion at a Chevron Appalachia natural gas drilling site shook the town of Dunkard, PA. The ensuing fire burned for days and one missing worker has been presumed dead,according to CBS Pittsburgh.
For days after the explosion the sound of the fire can be heard at least a mile away from the site. Photo credit: Katie Colaneri / StateImpact Pennsylvania
Reportedly, in an effort to smooth ties with residents affected by the blast, the Chevron Appalachia Community Outreach Team went door-to-door delivering gift certificates for free pizzas to about 100 homes. The coupon is good only for a large special combo pizza from Bobtown Pizza. The voucher also includes a two-liter soda and expires May, 1.
Originally posted on the website nofrackingway.us., the letter from Chevron reads:
“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.”
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.