Chevron Offers Free Pizza, Soda After Fracking Well Explodes

| by Michael Allen

Last week, there was a massive explosion from a fracking well owned by Chevron in Bobtown, Pa.

The explosion caused a tanker truck filled with propane gas to explode with such intensity that local firemen had to retreat.

“They essentially retreated to let the fire burn,” John Poister, of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Flames burned for days because  underground natural gas fed the massive fire.

According to 5 News, Chevron officials said in a statement, "Chevron would like to express our sincere regret to those who may be affected by the incident. We're working to contain the fire and ensure the safety of our employees, contractors and the surrounding community."

As an apology, the Chevron Appalachia Community Outreach sent a gift certificate for a bottle of soda and one large pizza to people who lived in the area.

According to, the apology letter that came with the gift certificate read in part:

Chevron recognizes the effect this has had on the community.  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.

Sources:, 5 News, Pittsburgh Post Gazette