What are the environmental impacts of barites?

Perhaps barytes include among their more noted applications and uses their role in the drilling for gas and oil; and in the making of inks, paints, papers, and TV screens. Their environmental impacts tend to be more gentle than harsh. For barytes are described as natural, green and clean by The Barytes Association of Derbyshire, in the United Kingdom. As natural products, they avoid the pollution of manufacturing processes. They're considered non-toxic even though they contain the heavy metal barium. For barium is highly insoluble, and therefore isn't at all coooperative about breaking down or mixing in liquids or water. And because of their non-reactivity chemically and physically, they're not messy. For example, their surface retention of oil is low. They deaden sound, and serve as radiation shields. And they're inexpensive.