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FBI Clears Halliburton Crew in Loss of Radioactive Tool
By Kathy Warbelow and Brian Wingfield - 2012-09-14T16:08:59Z
Halliburton Co. (HAL) crew members who lost a radioactive rod used in drilling wells in West Texas weren’t guilty of criminal conduct, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said as a hunt for the tool entered a fourth day.
FBI officials working with the Texas Department of Transportation questioned three employees who were unable to locate the device this week after it went missing on a 130-mile (209-kilometer) route from Pecos to Odessa, according to a Nuclear Regulatory
“It’s not something that produces radiation in an extremely dangerous form,” Chris Van Deusen, a spokesman for the health department, said in an interview. “But it’s best for people to stay back, 20 or 25 feet.”
Oil-field service companies lower the radioactive units into wells to let workers identify places to break apart rock for a drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which frees oil and natural gas. While the loss of such a probe occurs from time to time, it has been years since a device with americium-241/beryllium, the material in Halliburton’s device, was misplaced in Texas, Van Deusen said.
Originally posted by iamhobo
Oh no, who would have thought accidents happen. Treachery is afoot I tell you!
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by BriGuyTM90
Well.... that was anticlimactic? I was really expecting a bright glowing green rod like from the Simpsons.. I imagined it bouncing around town. That just looks like a metal ...... thing.. nothing special, no light effects.. boorrring..