Radioactive drilling pipe

Scrapyard dealers test the drilling pipe and find it too hot to handle. Drillers, of course, deny it.

That’s how scrapyard owners describe drilling industry leftovers brought to their businesses.
Peter Gorman, March 16, 2011

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  1. Anonymous says

    For generations, horse fence all over this state has been welded together from recycled drill pipe. I wonder how hot that pipe is?

  2. Mike H. says

    I wonder how many would panic about radiation if they were in Japan right now, yet would ignore NORM issues? Just because it's "natural" radiation does NOT make it safer.

  3. JN says

    Keep in mind that bananas are radioactive. You are bombarded with radioactivity from the sun 24/7 (Certain types can go right through the earth.) It's the dose that gets you. So to ake this a valid point (and it may be) you need to quantify the amount of radiactivity.

  4. duane says

    Each and every property owner that has had a well drilled on their property needs to get a geiger counter and measure the radioactivity around the well site, specfic to the reserve pit where the drilled cuttings have been left. Need to get a background reading some distance away from the drill site and compare.