The citizens of Dunkard Township, Pennsylvania, were recently treated to free pizza and soft drinks by the Oil & Gas giant Chevron. Sounds nice, but then again – Chevron had good reason for giving out free food and drinks.
The reason was that one of Chevron’s nearby shale gas fracking wells had exploded and then burnt for four days straight.
Obviously, this came as a bit of a chock to locals.
“Then the house just sort of shook and there was a big loud bang,” one told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Another told the same paper that the ‘loud bang’ had sounded like
“[…]a jet engine going 5 feet above your house.”
Of course, Chevron felt the locals’ pain. And what better way of saying sorry for blowing up large parts of the countryside than to offer some free food and drinks?
“The pizza was “a token of appreciation for their patience during this time,” Kent Robertson, a public affairs officer for Chevron, tells Newsweek, “and our commitment to the community goes far beyond this and our outreach is ongoing,” Newsweek recently reported.
All in all it’s hard to say that Chevron seem exactly empathetic in this case. On the other hand, it is nice to know that if they blow up your town centre, they are at least likely to upgrade from pizza and a soft drink to a steak and a beer….then all you need, is to find out where the explosion sent your cutlery. And your dining room table.