Glenwood Springs, Colo. (AP) - Health experts, county officials and others are testifying before Colorado regulators on the safety of drilling closer to a 1969 underground nuclear blast site.
Witnesses told the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Wednesday that drilling near the western Colorado site raises significant concerns about water and air quality.
Garfield County Commissioners have asked for field tests so companies drilling for natural gas near the site don't end up releasing radioactive contamination.
The U.S. Department of Energy has said models show that chances of contamination releases are slim.
The department has released a draft plan recommending that energy companies be allowed to drill closer to the area if they follow a conservative, staged approach.
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