BOBTOWN, Pa. -- Critics are raging after an energy giant offered pizza coupons to a Pennsylvania community near a natural gas well that exploded last month and killed a worker.

News stories, TV shows and blogs have spread the word far and wide about Chevron Corp.'s offer. Many feature sarcasm or even outright scorn.

But not one resident of the hamlet of Bobtown has signed an online petition demanding that Chevron apologize. A recent visit by The Associated Press found that the talk of the town is more the furious response by outsiders.

Several people noted that the pizza offer was made to apologize for traffic after the fire, not to downplay the loss of life.

The outsized reaction from people not directly affected by the accident illustrates the larger passions surrounding the fracking debate.