April 25, 2011 7:17 AM

Using nukes to mine natural gas? A tale from the '70s

Bomb, baby, bomb. The U.S. sits on a trove of natural gas, but it’s trapped in shale and other rock formations. Using chemicals and pressurized water to force it out takes an environmental toll. So here’s Plan B: Let’s plug some nuclear bombs into the shale, light the fuse and let the natural gas flow. Don’t snicker. That was tried in the 1960s and ’70s.

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