Activists To Protest Oil Firm’s Donation To Breast Cancer Advocacy Group

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Activists are protesting an oil and gas firm’s $100,000 donation to a major breast cancer advocacy group.

The activists say the Susan G. Komen organization should refuse the donation from Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc.

The check presentation will take place Sunday before the Pittsburgh Steelers game. Opponents are planning to rally in a park across from Heinz Field.

Breast cancer survivor Dana Dolney is director of Friends of the Harmed, a local group that supports people who say they’ve been harmed by gas drilling.

She tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Komen shouldn’t allow companies to use breast cancer publicity to improve their image.

Komen says in a statement there are “strong opinions” on the issue but adds that employees of the oilfield services firm have shown “passion and commitment” to the cause.

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