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  • Podcast

    Scott Cahill: Collapse Risk At The Oroville Dam Is Still Unacceptably High

    Bungled repairs and new concerns at the tallest US dam
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, August 20, 2017, 9:20 PM

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    Remember the crisis earlier this year at the Oroville Dam? 

    The overflow from California's winter of heavy rain threatened to overpower our country's tallest dam. A cascading failure of the dam's main gates, its primarily spillway AND its emergency spillway had the world watching hour by hour to see if a catastrophic breach was going to occur.

    Fortunately, the rains stopped long enough for the situation to be brought under control. The dam remains in place and repair crews have been working all spring and summer.

    But should we breathe easy at this point? Not at all, says dam safety expert Scott Cahill. 

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  • Podcast

    Expert: What You Need To Know About The Oroville Dam Crisis

    And why our entire national dam system is as vulnerable
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 1:06 AM

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    To make sense of the fast-developing situation at California's Oroville Dam, Chris spoke today with Scott Cahill, an expert with 40 years of experience on large construction and development projects on hundreds of dams, many of them earthen embankment ones like the dam at Oroville. Scott has authored numerous white papers on dam management, he's a FEMA trainer for dam safety, and is the current owner of Watershed Services of Ohio which specializes in dam projects across the eastern US. Suffice it to say, he knows his "dam" stuff.

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