Being from Texas, we at the Ferrell Law Group know a few things about oil. One of those things being that between the 1960′s and late 1980′s, many companies manufactured, sold, and exposed hard-working rig hands, roughnecks, and roustabouts to asbestos-containing drilling mud. Asbestos-containing drilling mud was used particularly on offshore drilling rigs, onshore drilling rigs, and inland drilling barges all across the country. Due to the use of this asbestos-containing drilling mud, many dedicated Americans working in the oil and gas industry were exposed to asbestos as a result of being around the mud hopper or helping mix mud on the rig. Bags of nearly pure asbestos were dumped into the hoppers for various reasons; including, stabilizing the hole or operating as a viscosifier. Upon dumping these bags of asbestos fibers into the hopper, workers were rarely provided with any proper protective equipment or even warned of the dangers involved. As such, these workers breathed in pure asbestos fibers, potentially causing them serious harm.