Woman sues Halliburton, claims it caused her respiratory ailment | SummitDaily.com

Woman sues Halliburton, claims it caused her respiratory ailment

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A Silt woman has sued industry giant Halliburton claiming its mishandling of the chemical barite caused her to suffer a respiratory ailment.The chemical is used in natural gas drilling.Carol Back is suing Halliburton Energy Services and Sanders Trucking, its local contractor, in Garfield County District Court, alleging they allowed barite dust to escape from a loading facility in downtown Silt, the Glenwood Post Independent reported.The town subsequently shut down the operation during a November meeting of trustees.Back and her husband, Daryl, say they have both been contaminated by the dust, a known carcinogen, said their lawyer, Laird Milburn. He said the dust was allowed to escape less than 200 feet from their home. They seek unspecified damages.Halliburton did not return calls seeking comment. Grand Junction lawyer Earl Rhodes said he planned to file a response to Back’s lawsuit next week denying the allegations.”From what we have seen and from what the town has inquired about, it appears that there — now again, we’re not doctors — but it appears that they do have a legitimate complaint,” said Silt Mayor Dave Moore.Moore said the town suspended Halliburton’s business license after investigating Back’s complaint. Since then, other Silt residents have complained.”Even today there is residue on the tracks,” said Moore, who plans to urge fellow trustees to require Halliburton to remove a filter plant associated with the operations. “Our first concern is for the citizens and not necessarily for Halliburton,” he said.Although Halliburton officials agreed to correct the problem it continued, the lawsuit says. “Technically speaking they’ve been shut down twice,” said Moore.The lawsuit said the compound is used to “increase the density of liquid drilling fluid systems in the oil and gas industry.”

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