Landowners Fight Drilling Near Nuclear Blast Site

In the late 60’s and 70’s at a site in the western Colorado Mountains, the US Government tried using nuclear explosions at a depth of greater than 8,000 ft to fracture the rock in an attempt to increase natural gas production. The experiments, known as Project Rulison, were not largely successful. Now, nearly 37 years later, land owners are up in arms about a Texas company’s proposal to drill natural gas wells closer to the site and its buffer zone and are concerned about possible contamination of surface and groundwater with radioactive material. Read the AP article in Wyoming’s Casper Star Tribune.