Environment: Project Dubious

With the force of a small earthquake, three atomic bombs will explode next month beneath the Colorado surface. Set off simultaneously by the Atomic Energy Commission, they will release a combined explosive force of 60 kilotons. The underground spectacular is part of an ambitious program of at least 140 subterranean nuclear explosions that are designed to release some of the 300 trillion cubic feet of natural gas far beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountain states. But the program faces heated opposition. Citizens, politicians and scientists all fear that the blasts will release...

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