In an interview that pro-fracking lobbyist Marita Noon would later describe as “three hours of media waterboarding,” Jon Stewart’s Aasif Mandvi exposed the entire industry and the effects it is having on the nation.
For the interview, Mandvi focused on Bradford County, PA, and the adverse effects from the toxic chemicals on their health, livestock, and the land.
One such incident occurred in Greene County, Pennsylvania. After a well exploded, Chevron “came to the rescue with immediate compensation.”
Their remedy? Chevron purchased a gift certificate, one for each family, for 100 one-topping pizzas and 100 bottles of pop—and it expires on May 1, 2014.
There was a fire, an explosion, a worker lost his life…and Chevron held a pizza party. For a grand total of $1,000, Chevron hoped this would quell concerns.
The town has been without water since February 19, 2014. Let’s hope they did not finish that 2 liter too fast!
Meanwhile, Ms. Noon is living in fantasyland, where all of this is a great business model with no room for improvement.
[box type=“shadow”]MARITA NOON: Oil and gas companies are quite good at self-regulating or self-policing. Because when there are bad actors, it hurts everybody.
AASIF MANDVI: Is there a way oil and gas companies could be better than they are?
MARITA NOON: I would say no, actually. These oil and gas producers that are there care about the community.[/box]
Watch the entire interview below: