Chesapeake needs to send their PR people back to charm school! The following email was in extremely poor taste considering that Mayor Tillman and residents of DISH, TX are suffering from affects of air pollution caused partly by Chesapeake.
From: Justin Bond
Cc: Julie Wilson
Sent: Thu, Oct 15, 2009 1:19 pm
Subject: Chesapeake announces awards from the EPA
Mayor Tillman –
Good afternoon! In case you missed the press release earlier this week, I wanted to be sure you saw Chesapeake’s recent award from the Environmental Protection Agency. We are proud to announce our selection as the Natural Gas STAR Production Partner of the Year. This program is voluntary and encourages oil and natural gas companies to adopt technologies and practices that improve operational efficiency and reduce emissions of methane. Since joining in 2007, Chesapeake has reported a significant reduction in methane emissions totals.
Enjoy the rest of your day, and please let me know if I can be of any assistance.
Public Affairs Supervisor
Chesapeake Energy Corporation
100 Energy Way
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Here’s a little history on DISH and Chesapeake: BREAKING: Chesapeake Energy Reneges on Promises and Makes Veiled Threats
Not only is the email in poor taste, but it seems to be breaking the program Memorandum of Understanding. Under General Terms
3. The partner agrees that it will not claim or imply that its participation in the Program constitutes EPA approval or endorsement of anything other than the commitment to the Program.
So, it seems that Chesapeake’s bragging breaks that MOU.
Here’s what one reader said:
At any rate the lipstick doesn’t mean a damned thing, except that there is a taxpayer funded program to waste tax money by subsidizing pollution by the O&G industry!
I would rather EPA spend my hard-earned tax dollars busting the polluters.