- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 9, 2014

The breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure has entered into a yearlong partnership with one of the world’s largest oilfield services companies.

The Houston-based firm Baker Hughes, which provides hydraulic fracturing services, announced in a press release that the company will “paint and distribute a total of 1,000 pink drill bits worldwide” as a “reminder of the importance of supporting research, treatment, screening and education to help find the cures” for breast cancer.

The company is also donating $100,000 to the Komen Foundation in what it calls a “yearlong partnership,” the International Business Times reported.

In recent years, scientific studies have raised the prospect of a link between fracking operations and cancer.

A spokeswoman for the Komen Foundation told the International Business Times, however, that “the evidence to this point does not establish a connection between fracking and breast cancer.”

The advocacy group Breast Cancer Action said in a statement that the drill bit was the “most ludicrous piece of pink [expletive]” they’ve seen all year.

“With all the toxic chemicals Baker Hughes is pumping into the ground, we thought they didn’t care about women’s health,” said Karuna Jaggar, Breast Cancer Action’s executive director, Huffington Post reported. “However, this partnership with Komen makes it clear where both organizations stand on this issue.”

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