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The Problems with the Third Intake Tunnel

Southern Nevada Water Authority General Manager Pat Mulroy has called it the most complicated construction project in the country. It claimed its first victim yesterday when 44-year-old Thomas Turner was killed by a stream of grout and rock under high pressure. Workers have to descend an access shaft for more than 500 feet before getting to the work site. So is the job impossible? Can a tunnel be built through rock that is seeping water? What more should be done to ensure the safe completion of the third straw?

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Friday, June 15, 2012

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