Halliburton and Contaminated Water

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Halliburton Company failed to protect the water supply it's paid to purify for US soldiers throughout Iraq.

That's the finding of an internal company report obtained by The Associated Press.

The report says that in one instance contamination had been missed that could have caused "mass sickness or death."

The report says the Houston-based company failed to assemble and use its own water purification equipment. It also says Halliburton allowed contaminated water directly from the Euphrates River to be used for washing and laundry at Camp Ar Ramadi in Ramadi, Iraq.

The report also notes problems at Camp Ar Ramadi last year such as poor training, miscommunications and lax record keeping. It also says the problems occurred at Halliburton's other operations throughout Iraq.

Houston-based Halliburton said Wednesday it conducted a second review last year that found no evidence of any illnesses in Iraq from water. It says it believes some of its earlier conclusions were incomplete and inaccurate. But Halliburton declined to release the second report.

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