The folks at Chevron have a bit of a public relations snafu on their hands: Days after one of their gas wells exploded and caught fire in Greene County, PA, the company has attempted to make things right with locals by sending an apology letter and a gift certificate for a free pizza. Phildadelphia Daily News reports that residents of Bobtown, PA received letters dated February 16 offering the company's regrets: "Chevron recognizes the effect this has had on the community ... We are committed to taking action to safeguard our neighbors, our employees, our contractors and the environment." The explosive fire took place last week and burned for five days, leaving one employee injured and another missing and presumed dead.
The owner of local pizzeria Bobtown Pizza says he sold 100 certificates to Chevron, which were distributed to homes located near the gas well. The certificates entitle residents to one "special combo" pizza and a two liter soda. Chevron confirmed to Raging Chicken Press that they did indeed send the letters: "As part of our meetings with a small group of immediate neighbors impacted by this activity, we have offered a token of appreciation for their patience during this time. We also wanted to support Bobtown Pizza, a local business that has been providing meals to our first responders and workers at the well site."
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