October is more than ghosts, ghouls and Halloween candy – it’s also the national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As we move into November and into the white-noise of this year’s elections, EID-Ohio would like to highlight Nomac Drilling’s recent rig makeover. The Chesapeake affiliate features a pink ribbon design on Rig 71’s doghouse in tribute to breast cancer awareness. “Doghouse” is an industry nickname for the steel room adjacent to the rig floor housing the driller’s controls.
If you’ve ever been on a rig tour, you know the large pink design would be hard to miss. Rig 71 is one of Nomac’s new state-of-the-art PeakeRigs, featuring alternating current (AC) control technology and improved mobilization for an enhanced working environment. Currently, Rig 71 is being built in Oklahoma City, and will be in operation this December.
Where is the pink rig’s first stop? Ohio’s Utica Shale of course. The Buckeye State can look forward to seeing this during the holiday season:
According to NewsOK.com, the diamond plate pattern in the backdrop is aimed to look like the rig floor. The design is a mash up of the feminine-colored awareness ribbon and the male-dominated industry putting it on display. NewsOK.com explained how the idea came about, quoting Nomac President Jay Minmier:
He said the idea, which came from a worker in Pennsylvania, was embraced quickly by other Nomac employees. Most of the company’s 3,000 employees are men, but they all have mothers, wives and daughters.
“It’s not often that you see pink in the field, but our employees wanted to show their support for this worthy cause,” Minmier said. “Our work is tough, but not as tough as battling breast cancer.”
“As we work in areas across the country, we hope this pink ribbon doghouse serves as a reminder of the importance of finding a cure.”—Drilling Rig to Raise Awareness of Breast Cancer 10/26/12
Nomac’s pink ribbon doghouse builds on Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s recent donation of $10,000 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central and Western Oklahoma chapter.
It is another example of the extensive community service Chesapeake has done here in Ohio, as we reported earlier on this summer’s Operation Blue community service program. As Chesapeake continues to develop the Utica Shale and help in Ohio’s economic revitalization, it’s clear they will continue to be a good neighbor to the Buckeye State’s communities and families.
Today is the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness month. We’d like to applaud Chesapeake and Nomac for working to raise awareness on an important issue – one that has impacted many lives, and many families. To learn more about how you can join the fight to help cure breast cancer, or to make a contribution, be sure to visit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.