Warthog: This doesn't address anything. Has anyone seen a picture of the supposed pipe? Has anyone heard from anyone NOT involved with the project that it was a pipe? It should not have taken them this long to determine that it was a pipe that is marked on the utility survey of the dig route. This smells of cover-up.
Cyclometh: docmattic: I'm curious as to what they will do... can the pipe be removed, or will they reroute Bertha?You can't reroute a giant borer like that. They'll have to send workers into the high pressure area around the cutter head to repair the damaged cutters and maybe remove the pipe.From what I understand it's like working in a deep sea pressure environment. Bertha is under the water table and groundwater pressure is immense, which is why they had to drill a bunch of wells and pump water out to reduce the pressure.
czetie: Bloggers/columnists that were speculating ancient artifact/crashed alien ship ("nothing human-made could be so tough!")/secret bunker will learn from this episode... absolutely nothing.
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