EEOICPA Gasbuggy

Atoms for Peace, Plowshare, Documents, EPA, NIOSH, DOL, DOE

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 Project Gasbuggy, New Mexico

 

GasbuggyProject Gasbuggy

Gasbuggy is a DOE site from February 11, 1967-1973, 1978 and 1992 to the present so claimants can file Part B and Part E claims.

The Project Gasbuggy site was the location of one of the nuclear test explosions conducted as part of the AEC's Plowshare program that was initiated in 1957 to develop peaceful (industrial and scientific) applications for nuclear explosives. Drilling for this operation began on February 11, 1967. On December 10, 1967, a 29 kiloton nuclear yield device was detonated in an underground shaft in natural gas and shale deposits at the Gasbuggy site. The test was conducted to determine whether nuclear explosives would stimulate the release of natural gas not recoverable by conventional methods. The operation ended in 1973 and the site was on standby until cleanup began in August 1978. A second shot scheduled for this site, named "Coach" was canceled due to the fact that the Gasbuggy shot resulted in a venting to the atmosphere.

 

DOE

DOE's Legacy Management has a webpage on Project Gasbuggy as well as a Project Gasbuggy factsheet

DOL

DOL provides Part B and Part E statistics on Project Gasbuggy as well as exposure information from their Site Exposure Matrix.

NIOSH

NIOSH has done several dose reconstructions for claimants at Project Gasbuggy but has no technical basis documents for the the site.  No Special Exposure Cohort applications have been filed.

Other

  • Wikipedia has an article on Project Gasbuggy.
  • The Wall Street Journal Waste Land series provides information on Project Gasbuggy.
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     Project Gasbuggy Documents

  • Project Gasbuggy--1965
  • Project Gasbuggy Hole Histories
  • Hydrology of Project Gasbuggy Site, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
  • Project Gasbuggy Gas Quality Analysis & Evaluation Program Tabulation of Radiochemical and Chemical Analytical Results
  • Microfracturing in Postshot Gasbuggy Core GB-3
  • Project Gasbuggy Manager's Report--1971
  • Theoretical Evaluation of Consumer Products from Project Gasbuggy Final Report, Phase 1: Impact of Hypothetical Releases of Contaminated Gas in the San Juan Basin
  • Theoretical Evaluation of Consumer Products from Project Gasbuggy, Final Report, phase 2: Hypothetical Population Exposures outside San  Juan Basin
  • Gasbuggy 1973 production testing
  • Project Gasbuggy well plugging and site restoration plan
  • An aerial radiological survey of Project Gasbuggy and surrounding area, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. Date of survey: October 27, 1994
  • Assessment of hydrologic transport of radionuclides from the Gasbuggy underground nuclear test site, New Mexico
  • Tritium migration at the Gasbuggy site: Evaluation of possible hydrologic pathways
  • Gasbuggy, New Mexico, Hydrologic and Natural Gas Sampling and Analysis Results for 2009
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     Photos courtesy of DOE and Library of Congress