[ RadSafe ] Re: Panel wants tighter radiation security
jdaitken at sugar-land.oilfield.slb.com
Fri Oct 19 12:20:14 CDT 2007
At 11:04 AM 10/18/2007, Dan McCarn wrote:
>Being a geologist, I thought I might add my two cents into this crazy
>discussion: Apparently, the defense folks skipped the issue about the many,
>many neutron and gamma sources currently in use in the petroleum and mining
>industries worldwide, not to mention the innumerable "retired" sources. Every
>country that has a potential petroleum or mineral resource has numerous
>10-15 Curie sources running around in the bush to remote locations.
As someone intimately involved in this issue for one of the major oilfield
service companies, I can assure you that the requirements of IAEA and local
regulators (e.g NRC, DHS, etc) have been acted on fully in all our
installations throughout the world.
Of course, the security during transfer of these sources from our
installations to the wellsites where they are utilized, and their security
at these wellsites, are issues that are somewhat dependent on local
political stability, security arrangements in conjunction with clients and
local security forces and client implementation of security at their
I am pretty sure that the other major service companies have taken similar
Unfortunately, there will always be instances of people (among the many
users of radioactive sources) slipping in their control of sources, as
highlighted by the loss of two (soil?) gauges that "fell of the back of a
truck" on a major highway in Houston yesterday, causing total chaos during
rush hour yesterday.....
One was recovered while the other remains lost........
And, of course, having nukes accidently overfly the US shows that even
those we "assume" are in control of their assets can screw up, with
potentially greater consequence than the loss of a soil gauge......
Doug Aitken Cell Phone 713 562-8585
D&M Operations Support
Schlumberger Technology Corporation
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