With one person missing and presumed dead in an explosion at a natural gas well in a small Pennsylvania town, the company responsible is now under fire after apparently apologizing to the local community by handing out vouchers for free pizza.
The Philadelphia Daily News has since discovered that residents of Bobtown – a census-designated community of fewer than 1,000 people that revolves mostly around coal mining – have started receiving coupons for one free pizza and a two-liter of soda from the local Bobtown pizza.
Will Bunch, a blogger with the Philadelphia Daily News, pulled no punches when describing what the company forgot when thinking up the public relations campaign.
“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,” he wrote. “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!”