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Colorado Oil Companies Seek to Drill near Bomb Site

by Kenneth E. DuBose on July 7, 2010

The Colorado Oil & Gas Commission is facing controversy over its decision to allow drilling permits near the site of a nuclear explosion:

The Colorado Court of Appeals on June 24 ruled that a group of plaintiffs, including adjacent surface-rights owners, have a right to ask for a hearing before the COGCC concerning applications to drill for natural gas near the Rulison nuclear blast site.  The site, located between Rifle and Parachute/Battlement Mesa along the Colorado River corridor, is where the federal government in 1969 detonated a nuclear device at 8,400 feet below the surface in an attempt to loosen up deeply buried gas and oil reserves.

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