Reward Offered for Missing Radioactive Tool 9/14/12
September 14, 2012
HOUSTON (AP) - Halliburton Co. is offering a reward for a piece of oilfield equipment containing potentially dangerous radioactive material missing somewhere in West Texas.
A search continued Friday for the small stainless steel cylinder, about 7 inches long and an inch across. The sealed cylinder contains radioactive Americium-241/Beryllium.
A Halliburton oilfield crew lost the item Tuesday while transporting it from Pecos to near Odessa.
According to an incident report by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the FBI has interviewed the three crew members and believes "there was no criminal activity involved with the missing" cylinder.
Officials say the cylinder isn't highly radioactive but extended close contact could result in a harmful radiation dose.