UPDATE: Reward Offered for Lost Radioactive Device 09/17/12
CBS 7 News
September 17, 2002
Odessa - A three man national guard team from Austin has discontinued the search for a missing radioactive oil field device. A spokesman from the Texas Department of State Health Services tells CBS 7 News that they are quote, "considering what further action to take."
The seven inch silver cylinder was reported missing last week. A crew for Halliburton was taking the cylinder from a well outside of Pecos to another well south of Odessa. When they arrived the crew discovered the shielding in which the cylinder is transported was unlocked and the tool was missing. The cylinder is used to access sites for hydraulic fracturing..
The national guard team from Camp Mabry in Austin was deployed at the request of State Health Services. The crew reportedly had a device for locating the cylinder, but it was unsuccessful. The team was combing a 130 mile stretch of highway between Pecos and Odessa.
The cylinder is radioactive and can be harmful if anyone comes in contact with it for more than two hours. Officials say extended close contact could result in a harmful radiation dose.
Halliburton has offered a reward for the missing device.
Anyone with information about the missing cylinder is asked to call your nearest law enforcement agency.