Oil, Gas Commission to discuss nuke drilling site

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Glenwood Springs, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is holding hearings on oil and gas development on the Western Slope.

One of the hot topics on the agenda for the two-day hearings beginning Tuesday is proposed drilling close to an underground nuclear blast site.

Garfield County Commissioners sent a letter this spring to Colorado's Congressional Delegation and the U.S. Department of Energy seeking field tests so companies drilling for natural gas near the site in Rulison don't end up releasing radioactive contamination.

The DOE has said models show that chances of contamination releases are slim. The department has released a draft management plan for the site recommending that energy companies can drill closer to the area if done in a conservative, staged approach.

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