Legal fallout from nuclear bomb frack job reaches Colorado Supreme Court

Legal fallout from nuclear bomb frack job reaches Colorado Supreme Court by David O. Williams, December 7, 2011, The Colorado Independent
Even as state oil and gas regulators mull over new rules for the disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the Colorado Supreme Court is pondering whether citizen activist groups can intervene on matters like the ultimate frack job in 1969 using a 43-kiloton nuclear bomb. That blast more than 8,000 feet beneath the surface near the tiny Western Slope dot on the map called Rulison was meant to free up natural gas for commercial use. Instead it produced gas so radioactive it was useless and generated legal ripple effects still being felt today. During the most recent oil and gas boom in Garfield County, Canadian drilling giant EnCana – a company involved in a couple of the most notorious oil and gas water contamination cases in both Colorado and Wyoming – applied to drill within a three-mile radius of the Project Rulison blast zone. That understandably made modern-day residents still living near the former federal experimental blast area quite nervous

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