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Tue Feb 18, 2014, 08:12 AM

Sorry our wellpad failed. Have a free pizza, on US!

Last Tuesday, the residents of the small rural community of Bobtown in the far southwestern corner of Pennsylvania woke up to a horrible shock -- the sound of a massive explosion in their backyards. The source of the blast and the intensely hot fire that followed was a Chevron fracking well that had been set to begin production, but instead shot orange flames high into the air and gave off loud hissing sounds that could be heard hundreds of yards away.

It was a horrific event on every level. One worker at the rig was not found and is presumed dead. The fire -- who posed enormous risks to rescue workers and to the surrounding community -- burned intensely for five days before it was finally extinguished. Despite reassurances, neighbors surely worried whether toxins were released in the fiery aftermath.

But the people of Bobtown who endured the Chevron blast got a sweet -- or rather savory -- consolation prize for all that agita.

Tucked inside the envelope was a gift certificate to Bobtown Pizza, courtesy of Chevron. It entitles the resident to a free large pizza, and before you say something like, “Boy, is that chintzy,” you should know that was just the beginning, that the coupon also entitles the holder to a 2-liter soda.

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Chevron-Endure-our-fracking-fire-and-the-pizzas-on-us.html

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Reply Sorry our wellpad failed. Have a free pizza, on US! (Original post)
Earth_First Feb 2014 OP
Brickbat Feb 2014 #1
hatrack Feb 2014 #2
jsr Feb 2014 #11
In_The_Wind Feb 2014 #3
hobbit709 Feb 2014 #4
Chan790 Feb 2014 #5
Feral Child Feb 2014 #6
Champion Jack Feb 2014 #7
Rex Feb 2014 #8
Progressive dog Feb 2014 #9
tkmorris Feb 2014 #12
Progressive dog Feb 2014 #16
jmowreader Feb 2014 #20
jsr Feb 2014 #10
magical thyme Feb 2014 #13
PowerToThePeople Feb 2014 #14
steve2470 Feb 2014 #15
randome Feb 2014 #17
catbyte Feb 2014 #18
obxhead Feb 2014 #19
randome Feb 2014 #21
CFLDem Feb 2014 #22
Nanjing to Seoul Feb 2014 #23
Scuba Feb 2014 #24

Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 08:15 AM

1. If they didn't think they could get away with it, they wouldn't do it.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 08:21 AM

2. Oh, and did the family of the worker who died get extra cheese?

Wow, I bet a major pipeline failure inspires a blizzard of $50 Wal-Mart gift cards!

Can't wait!

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Response to hatrack (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:04 AM

11. You have to sign a waiver for extra cheese

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 08:25 AM

3. Now I've seen it all!

Sorry about all the soot. This should make it all better.




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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 08:28 AM

4. I don't think they would like where I would put that pizza.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 08:46 AM

5. That's a waste of a good pizza.

 

Yes, we'll take your pie, but we're still suing you and making sure your well never opens.

-People of Bobtown

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 09:30 AM

6. Patronizing Pricks n/t

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 09:49 AM

7. This really just says it all doesn't it?

The big corporations can come in ruin your health, ruin your property values, destroy your lifestyle, and they'll just give you $10 worth of pizza and everything is okay.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 09:54 AM

8. WOW! They threw in a 2 liter drink too!

 

nt.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 09:59 AM

9. That has to be fake, doesn't it?

I'd like to know what Chevron thinks "community outreach" means.

Apparently not fake, they gave away $1200 worth. [link:http://marcellusmonitor.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/how-does-chevron-say-sorry-for-gas-explosion-1200-worth-of-pizzas/|

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Response to Progressive dog (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:08 AM

12. It's handwritten on a generic "gift certificate" template

Can you see them doing that for everyone in town? I can't.

On edit: Google maps can't find a Bobtown Pizza either. There is a Kyro's Pizza, and a Grama's & Pappy's, but no "Bobtown Pizza".

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Response to tkmorris (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:17 AM

16. I updated my post to include

a link to a blogger's claim to have called the pizza place. I still have doubts, but fewer than I did.

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Response to tkmorris (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 11:20 AM

20. Search on the phone number

It's at 0 Main Street. It's in the "Bobtown Market," which is a little convenience store just outside of town.

The sick part is, I thought it was going to also sell Chevron gas...nope, just convenience store crap and fast food.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:03 AM

10. Free pizza and soda will conquer all

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:10 AM

13. talk about adding insult to injury.

 

asshats.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:14 AM

14. Expires on May Day

 

The Brief Origins of May Day

Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers' Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don't realize that May Day has its origins here in this country and is as "American" as baseball and apple pie, and stemmed from the pre-Christian holiday of Beltane, a celebration of rebirth and fertility.



In the late nineteenth century, the working class was in constant struggle to gain the 8-hour work day. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10 to 16 hour days in unsafe conditions. Death and injury were commonplace at many work places and inspired such books as Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and Jack London's The Iron Heel. As early as the 1860's, working people agitated to shorten the workday without a cut in pay, but it wasn't until the late 1880's that organized labor was able to garner enough strength to declare the 8-hour workday. This proclamation was without consent of employers, yet demanded by many of the working class.

At this time, socialism was a new and attractive idea to working people, many of whom were drawn to its ideology of working class control over the production and distribution of all goods and services. Workers had seen first-hand that Capitalism benefited only their bosses, trading workers' lives for profit. Thousands of men, women and children were dying needlessly every year in the workplace, with life expectancy as low as their early twenties in some industries, and little hope but death of rising out of their destitution. Socialism offered another option.

A variety of socialist organizations sprung up throughout the later half of the 19th century, ranging from political parties to choir groups. In fact, many socialists were elected into governmental office by their constituency. But again, many of these socialists were ham-strung by the political process which was so evidently controlled by big business and the bi-partisan political machine. Tens of thousands of socialists broke ranks from their parties, rebuffed the entire political process, which was seen as nothing more than protection for the wealthy, and created anarchist groups throughout the country. Literally thousands of working people embraced the ideals of anarchism, which sought to put an end to all hierarchical structures (including government), emphasized worker controlled industry, and valued direct action over the bureaucratic political process. It is inaccurate to say that labor unions were "taken over" by anarchists and socialists, but rather anarchists and socialist made up the labor unions.

(more at link..)

http://www.iww.org/history/library/misc/origins_of_mayday

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:16 AM

15. talk about a tone deaf response ! nt

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:26 AM

17. Not knowing the meaning of the word 'wellpad'...

 

...I was expecting a feel-good human interest story. Oh, well, I'll keep looking.
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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:46 AM

18. OMFG

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 10:59 AM

19. I bet picking up that free pizza makes it so no further litigation

 

can be pursued against Chevron as well.

I'm sure Chevron knows exactly which certificates went to which addresses.

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Response to obxhead (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 11:21 AM

21. "Sign this receipt, please."

 

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 12:16 PM

22. That's awesome.

 

I want free pizza.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Tue Feb 18, 2014, 08:27 PM

23. Adjectives fail me.

 

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Wed Feb 19, 2014, 08:31 AM

24. This is the end result of some drunken joke at the Chevron Christmas party ....

 

"Yeah, hell, if we poison their water or blow up their town, we'll give 'em free pizzas. Haw haw haw!"


Their arrogance has grown to the point that now they're just fucking with us.

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