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Chevron Free Pizza Offer Offends Residents Reeling From Gas Explosion

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 12:52 PM

By Ken Mandel

Chevron Corp. is being taken to task after the company provided free pizza gift certificates to Bobtown, Pa., residents who are reeling from last week's natural gas explosion.

One worker died Feb. 11 and another was injured when a Chevron natural gas well exploded in Bobtown. The cause of the blast remains under investigation, leaving residents worried about the safety of other area wells, according to CNN.

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As a small gesture, the billion-dollar oil company sent certificates to area residents for one free pizza and a 2-liter bottle of soda at Bobtown Pizza.

Chevron posted an apology letter for the gas explosion and an accompanying pizza gift certificate online.

"Chevron recognizes the effect this has had on the community," the statement read. "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."

In a letter to CNN, Chevron said that the company "offered a token of appreciation" to those who were affected. That didn't stop Twitter users from attacking the gas company.

"The situation at the Lanco well site in Pennsylvania remains serious and teams are working around the clock to safely approach and shut in the well," the company said in a Tuesday statement posted on its website. "It remains premature to speculate on the cause of the fire or what recently caused the flames at the well to go out."

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