NEW DETAILS: State Searching for Lost Radioactive Oilfield Tool 9/13/12
September 13, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State health officials say a search is on for a missing piece of oilfield equipment containing a potentially dangerous radioactive material.
A Texas Department of State Health Services statement Thursday described the item as a small stainless steel cylinder, about 7 inches long and an inch across. The sealed cylinder contains radioactive Americium-241/Beryllium.
A Halliburton crew was taking the cylinder from a well outside Pecos to another well south of Odessa. When they arrived, however, the crew found the shielding in which the cylinder is transported was unlocked and the tool was missing.
The cylinder is stamped with the words "danger radioactive" and "do not handle," along with a radiation warning icon. The statement says it isn't highly radioactive but extended close contact could result in a harmful radiation dose.