BLOOMBERG: Halliburton Hunting for Missing Radioactive Probe in West TexasSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 09/14/2012 - 11:59
BLOOMBERG: Halliburton Hunting for Missing Radioactive Probe in West Texas
By Kathy Warbelow and Brian Wingfield
Sept. 13, 2012 9:00 PM PT
Texas may call out the National Guard in the hunt for a seven-inch radioactive rod used in drilling natural-gas wells, lost this week by Halliburton Co. (HAL) somewhere in a 130-mile swath of the state’s western oil fields.
The Texas Department of State Health Services said yesterday it sought help from an Austin-based National Guard unit that has equipment to locate the radioactive item, which can pose a health risk if touched or held for several days.
A device similar to the missing radioactive probe is shown. Source: Texas Department of State Health Services via Bloomberg
Halliburton lost the unit on Sept. 11, according to a report yesterday by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Pickup trucks with detection gear retraced the route of a vehicle that carried the radioactive rod before it was lost. The trucks drove at 10 miles an hour between Pecos, where the device was used on a well, and Odessa without finding the unit, the report said.