New Engineering Report Reveals Privately-Built Border Wall Is Set To Fail
According to The Hill, a new engineering report set to be filed in federal court reveals that “3 miles of a privately built border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border are shoddily constructed and likely to collapse during flooding.”
- “Alex Mayer, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso, took a look at reports from the National Butterfly Center and the International Boundary and Water Commission” and concluded that the contractors working on the project appear to be “cutting corners everywhere.”
“It seems like they are cutting corners everywhere,” said Mayer, who reviewed the two reports on behalf of ProPublica and The Texas Tribune. “It’s not a Lamborghini, it’s a $500 used car.”
- Mayer’s remark was in reference to a comment by Tommy Fisher, president of Fisher Sand and Gravel, in which Fisher referred to the barrier as a “Lamborghini.”
- In addition, heavy rains have already caused erosion at the section of border wall, according to environmentalist engineer Mark Tompkins.
“Fisher Industries’ private bollard fence will fail during extreme high flow events,” said Tompkins, who has been hired by the butterfly refuge. He also said the fence has not yet had to withstand a flood of the river.
- The Hill noted that the barrier was partly paid for by donations from We Build the Wall.
Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon and We Build the Wall founder Brian Kolfage have been indicted on charges of defrauding donors with the project. Both have pleaded not guilty, as have two other defendants in the case.
The outlet also noted that a “second report from Millennium Engineers Group, based in Pharr, Texas, said the embankment where the segment is built needs a clay covering to withstand erosion.”