The company known as Halliburton which is the second largest oil field service corporation with operations in over 70 countries has been sued and faces a lawsuit over groundwater contamination and pollution close to a now closed facility in Oklahoma. The facility was responsible for cleaning the missile casings for the U.S Defense department during the Cold War which lasted from 1946 to around 1991 and consisted of political conflict, economic competition and military tension between the Communist World primarily The Soviet Union, satellite states and the powers of the United States and its allies. A Halliburton spokesman said that one of the units in the Oklahoma installation was responsible for cleaning the solid fuel from the missile casings between 1965 and 1991. This installation was closed in the mid 1990’s.
The component of the fuel was ammonium perchlorate which is a salt that is highly soluble in water and has been implicated in a number of industrial accidents. The spokesman for Halliburton said that it has been found in the soil and groundwater on its site and in many residential water wells close to the semi-rural facility on the north side of Duncan, Oklahoma. The company now is determining the total extent of the contamination and it has arranged for local residents to get bottled water until the problem has been fixed. There have been many lawsuits that have been filed in Oklahoma and in federal courts as recently as last month which claimed that the plaintiffs have suffered health problems like hypothyroidism which can be traced to exposure to ammonium perchlorate.
This ammonium perchlorate attacks the human thyroids and basically degenerates them down to nothing causing its carrier human do die of a horrible cancer. It was shown in the lawsuit that Halliburton knew about the releases of this poison called ammonium perchlorate into the groundwater and many others radioactive and nuclear wastes as well and that Halliburton did nothing to correct the situation.
Halliburton along with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality conducted soil and groundwater tests in which it found radioactive and nuclear material in the soil in areas of the Duncan site and claimed that it was not present in the groundwater. Halliburton said in a filing that, “the radiological impacts from this site are not believed to present any health risk for offsite exposure”.
Presently Halliburton has contracts worth over 2 billion for all of its work in Iraq and is due to make hundreds of millions more from a no bid contract that it was awarded by the Army Corp of Engineers.