Halliburton’s Lost Radioactive Cylinder In Texas

FBI and state officials are on the hunt for a radioactive device which somehow vanished from its container inside the Halliburton truck transporting it this past week — on September 11 (spooky). Bloomberg reports:

Halliburton Co. 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 route from Pecos to Odessa, according to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission incident report today.

A National Guard unit based in Austin sent a three-person team with detection gear yesterday to assist local officials, said Amy Cook, a spokeswoman for the Guard. The Texas Department of State Health Services said yesterday it requested help to find the radioactive item, which can pose a health risk if touched or held for several days.

Halliburton told the state that workers discovered on Sept. 11 that a lock on the container used to transport the device was missing, along with the unit, after driving a truck to a well south of Odessa from from a site near Pecos, TX.

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  • Matt Staggs

    Anyone check the basement of the Alamo?

  • Infvocuernos

    shouldn’t be to hard to find, it glows in the dark and leaves a cancer cluster.  

  • Littlemisteramerica

    Why would you use a radioactive tool to drill a well, what in the fuck? Are these people just blatantly fucking with us?

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      it’s called depleted uranium
      created by nuclear waste from power plants
      it’s a very hard substance & the Homeland has tons of it to use
      the US dumped tons of it on Iraq in the form of armor piercing bullets
      every now and then
      some of it gets lost in Texas, just like Bush

      and how apropos is it that it was lost by Halliburton