Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The big fix

Billion-dollar challenge to repair Delaware Aqueduct

This tunnel boring machine was custom-built by The Robbins Company of Solon, Ohio, at an estimated cost of $30 million for use in construction of a 2.5-mile bypass tunnel to circumvent leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct. THE ROBBINS COMPANY

Robbins Co.

Times Herald-Record

The $1 billion fix of New York City's Delaware Aqueduct will ultimately earn its own chapter in the books that chronicle engineering's greatest hits. How can plugging leaks in an 85-mile-long aqueduct possibly compare to building it – the world's longest tunnel – in the first place? Before the year is out, excavation of the tunnel — a five-year process for the biggest fix in the 174-year history of the country's biggest water system — will begin.


EPA cuts: Bigger trickle-down impact on Pa., N.J.

Philadelphia Inquirer

President Trump's proposal to slash 31 percent of the EPA's budget could eventually be magnified in a sort of double whammy to clean air and water safeguards in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Over the years, the states have slowly cut their own funding of environmental budgets, relying on the federal government to fill in the gaps. Now, much of that support might vanish — and neither state has the money to suddenly step up and plug holes.


Maryland governor backs permanent fracking ban

Bay Journal

In a stunning reversal, Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday called for lawmakers to pass legislation permanently banning the natural gas drilling technique known as fracking in Maryland. Hogan said that since the legislature had not acted on new drilling regulations his administration had proposed, he had decided that banning hydraulic fracturing for gas was the only thing to do.