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Oil-gas company drops all plans to drill near Rocky Flats

Author: Associated Press - November 16, 2018 - Updated: November 16, 2018

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A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officer drives into the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge outside Denver on Sept. 15, the first day the refuge was open to the public. The refuge is on the outskirts of a former U.S. government factory that manufactured plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons. (AP Photo/Dan Elliott)

An oil and gas company says it’s canceling all of its plans to drill near a former nuclear weapons plant northwest of Denver.

The Denver Post reported Thursday Highlands Natural Resources dropped its plans to drill near the Rocky Flats site after nearby residents voiced fierce opposition.

Highlands originally applied for state approval to drill on two sites, one near the northeast corner of Rocky Flats and another on the western side. It withdrew the application for the northeastern site Tuesday and the western site Thursday.

Rocky Flats manufactured plutonium triggers for nuclear bombs from 1952 to 1989, a history marred by fires, leaks and spills. After a $7 billion cleanup, most of the site became a national wildlife refuge. The central area where waste is buried is closed to the public.

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