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.
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Someone up there may want to file and official complaint at the EPA regarding CHK's actions and misuse of the EPA MOU. Also, the EPA representative may be acting out of line.
Justin is the one who said the best option is to put the pipeline through Carter Ave. What a jackass.
Ah, this must be the same Chesapeake that also said "Your land for our pipeline, OR ELSE!" to many in Ft. Worth. So, let's see how long it takes for that nasty raw gas to start causing corrosion failures.
Don't worry; A 16 inch pipeline with a big leak can cause a big crater, even without ignition! If the leak is bad, you'll know really fast.
I know. I can't tell you how sorry I am. I wonder how the employees sleep at night.
They said, "by far the best route." Chesapeake cares nothing for people. You're just in their way and you're expendable.
I don't even know what to say about this. Unbelievable. These gas guys have "you know whats" the size of Texas.
The lack of respect for people is horrible.
They are BIG GAS–therefore, buy definition, they're arrogant and are accostomed to doing whatever they want to whenever they want to do it. And nobody is to get in the way!!! If you do, you will be squashed like a bug under their thumb. In short, "They are not nice people"! Only thing is stand up people.
While no good deed goes unpunished, it seems that, for gas companies, the reverse is also true:
No dastardly, inhumane, greedy deed goes unlauded. I am often skeptical about awards anyway, but the EPA giving Chesapeake Energy a big award is unconscionable. It makes the award meaningless at the very least. What would be the motivation for the EPA to do this? I would like to have been in the room when this was discussed.
serious lack of judgment on chk's part. but that's no surprise.
I actually think the EPA program is a very good thing. It's Chesapeake's blatant brag about the award, which is clearly against the MOU that I find distasteful. Also, they should NEVER have sent the email to Mayor Tillman. He is very distressed about his neighbors, some of whom are permanently damaged physically because of Chesapeake's emissions.
No way! That is so wrong! …bad even for Chesapeake.
If you ever thought that there was a way to save federal tax money, then this progam of the EPA is the ideal example. Shut it down. Now believe you me, overall, the EPA is our only hope here in Texas!
It's kind of interesting that this supposedly clean energy needs so much cleaning up.
This EPA program sounds like some elementary school deal. The kid who brushes his teeth every day for a week gets a star on his chart. OH NO! It would be more like this: The kid who doesnt' fart in class all day gets a star on his chart.
Go look this thing up on the EPA web site–it's clear that it is prepared by and operated for and manipulated by Big GAS! As a peasant who lives on the land, wanna fund this kind of stuff??
I was going to say it sounded more like a Jr. High deal! You are probably more correct.
i see your blog is #1 right now. maybe you can get us some much needed attention.
Good work by BlueDaze–we need the help in Texas and elsewhere about damages from O&G–plenty to go around.
Cheap Tricks and Costly Truths says
It seems to have the same merit as the recently awarded Nobel Peace Prize…only time will tell.
Now I see a PR spin piece:
That's essentially the same article that was titled, Chesapeake official unconcerned about citizen blow back (that's paraphrased) What do you bet that CHK threw a fit with the editor and got a more favorable title?