Pizza Apology Not Well Accepted

While some might welcome free soda and pizza, some citizens from Greene County, Pennsylvania were more insulted than pleased.

An explosion of a natural gas well killed one worker and left another injured. A couple days later a second well caught fire, caused by the first fire. Residents are fearful that toxic chemicals may exist in the air as a result.

Energy provider Chevron passed out gift certificates for pizza and soda to residents who were impacted by the fires. The coupons must be redeemed before May 1st. The company also sent out a letter of apology.

The letter stated that Chevron places value on “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.”

Many residents complained about the apology attempt. Some tweeted about the event: “Worst apology ever: Sorry our fracking well exploded. Here’s a free pizza.”

Making matters worse, the residents of the community complained that the letter was the only contact made by Chevron. One resident is even contemplating a move from the area, feeling that there are enough wells around to make the area unsafe.

Many in the community feel that a corporation who prides itself on being an ‘organization with superior capabilities and commitment’ might want to place some focus on their public relations efforts.

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM