At What Cost?

  • While the City of Portland rushes to bury its reservoirs, similar hastily completed underground storage and treatment facilities constructed by MWH Global pursuant to LT2 in Seattle have already cracked and required extensive, costly retrofitting, with an as-yet-undetermined life span.
  • By December 2013, CH2M Hill’s the newly constructed underground tank at Powell Butte had sprung an estimated 1200 leaks, leaking 280,000 gallons of water a day.
  • As a result of leaking at Powell Butte, Portland’s water rate payers have had to pay $40,800 in DEQ fines.
  • While the City of Portland places the future of its pristine Bull Run drinking water in the hands of CH2M Hill, CH2M Hill has been found guilty by the US Department of Justice of criminal wrongdoing, due to conflicts-of-interest in its federal contracts to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Test Site.  The firm has been ordered to pay $18.5 million in restitution to US taxpayers in that case
  • Estimated total cost of Portland’s “emergency” government contracts for reservoir burial issued to date: $400 – $600 million.
  • Estimated total cost of Portland’s reservoir burial and blending station projects upon completion, including debt service: In excess of $1.25 billion.
  • Public cost to date of City of Portland’s known infrastructure misappropriations and alleged retaliation against whistleblowers: $518,000.
  • Demonstrated public health benefit from Portland’s reservoir burial project: None.
  1. Who Is Joe Glicker?
  2. Joe Glicker and Lisa Obermeyer
  3. The Push to Change Federal Regulations
  4. Potential Conflict of Interest by Public OfficialsOfficials
  5. The Rush to Complete Lucrative Contract Work Before LT2 Is Reconsidered
  6. The Threat to Portland’s Drinking Water
  7. At What Cost?