Community Concern Over Asbestos Drilling Mud
Posted: Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 6:52 am
Community concerns over asbestos drilling mud and its health effects have been well documented, and recent reports from Oregon are causing concern for area residents. Drilling mud that contained asbestos was commonly used until the end of the 1980s, even though the substance was a known carcinogen that has been linked with lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. In a drilling rig, the mud is used to keep the bits cool and help flush out minor amounts of debris that naturally occur as part of the drilling process.
Many individuals who were employed in the oil industry were probably exposed to asbestos when it was used as an ingredient in drilling mud. As a result, some people may have developed fatal or serious health conditions that are related to asbestos exposure. Additionally, some employees were never given proper safety precautions and may have not been warned about the full risks that are associated with asbestos exposure.
In a report from the Corvallis Gazette Times on August, 15, 2013, an incident in which drilling mud entered the Marys River is discussed. While it is not known if the mud presents a hazard to the environment, the article highlights why area residents have a good reason to be concerned about their environment.
Another issue that should be noted is the possibility of asbestos exposure that occurs incidentally. Many people have succumbed to mesothelioma and other health conditions because they simply lived with people who worked around asbestos. The substance is easily transported in clothing, and anyone who comes into contact with these items is at an increased risk for asbestos-related health hazards.
A host of lawsuits have been filed by attorneys and plaintiffs against manufacturers and other companies who allegedly should have known about any health risks that are associated with asbestos and the products that are made from the substance.