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Scary BDCP stats

  • Pile driving – there are about 1,000 steel piles that have to be hammered into the ground/river:  30 piles per day (8-12 per intake) with 700 strikes per day for each pile.  So, 30 X 700 = 21,000 strikes per day of a pile driver which will sound like a bomb going off with each strike. (BDCP Chap 5, page 5.3-3)  Terry notes that she didn’t see anything in the Plan or EIR/EIS about how long it takes or how many total strikes it takes to hammer the pile into the ground.  So for instance, if it takes 35,000 strikes for each pile, then each will take five days to install, so the math even looks uglier if takes multiple days:  35,000 (700 strikes per day for five days) X 1,000 (total # of piles) = 35 million total strikes for all of the piles.  Says Terry, “How are humans, terrestrial wildlife or avian species supposed to survive such a deafening assault?  I’ve lived next to pile driving before and it will drive you stark raving mad.”
  • Muck – 7,000 cubic yards per day hauled by trucks 24 hours a day seven days a week because the boring machine runs 24/7, for a grand total of 25 million cubic yards of muck being removed and then stored in 25 foot high 100-570 acre (total of 1,595 acres) muck storage areas.   The 9,000 cfs tunnel (Alt 4) increases muck production 41% from the 15,000 cfs (Alt 1A) because the tunnel sizes had to be increased due to gravity feed.  Muck contains soil conditioning agents:  bentonite, foaming agents and/or polymers/biopolymers.  (BDCP Chap 5, page 5.33)    Suggests Terry, “MAYBE THE NEW DELTA SLOGAN SHOULD BE:  MUCK OFF!”
  • Concrete Batch Plants/Fuel Stations/Pre-cast Segment Plants – 5 concrete batch plants with adjacent fuel stations in south Sacramento County, each between 2-40 acres in size, and 6 precast segment plants with two in south Sacramento County and four in San Joaquin County.  Total of 22 million cubic yards of concrete to be used.

This is definitely a project from Hell.

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