Apex Directional Drilling responds to Eureka’s Bull(SHN)t

http://lostcoastoutpost.com/2014/aug/19/breakthrough-literally-eurekas-martin-slough-waste/

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In hopes of providing Eureka residents with accurate information about developments with the Martin Slough project in Eureka, Apex Directional Drilling has released the following statement from company President Mike Lachner:

No one at Apex Directional Drilling ever said it would be impossible to complete the drilling and pipe work needed for Eureka’s Martin Slough interceptor project. Instead, Apex asserted the truth: The project was impossible to complete as described in our contract, and it would cost more than the city initially estimated because soil conditions were completely different than what we were told they’d be, requiring changes to the job.

Nonetheless, we were on board to complete the work – so long as we were compensated fairly for our costs.

The company even offered to fore go making any profit in order to complete the project – likely for millions less than it appears the city ultimately paid.

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soil conditions were completely different

We outlined the potential costs in great detail for trying to solve the problems encountered and finish the project. However, the city never agreed to pay them – or to compensate us for work already conducted beyond the scope of our initial contract.

The work conducted by Wahlund was very similar to what we’d outlined, and those proposed techniques did indeed work – plus, unlike our crews, Wahlund had the advantage of knowing the actual ground conditions, as we’d already encountered them, and the benefit of using our drill steel, which we had already drilled clear through the hill and left for whichever contractor the city hired to complete the project. Wahlund finished the work using a drill three times as big as the one the city specified for us to use on the job in our contract.

I don’t know why the city would spend more to hire Wahlund than to compensate us for work we had performed so far and for the additional work needed to finish the project. But as you can see from the city’s expenditures to hire a new contractor for this job, it did indeed cost more to complete this phase of the project. The city spent almost $4 million to bring Wahlund Construction in to do work we had already started.

Here’s the point

Mike of Apex Drilling asks:

“I don’t know why the city would spend more to hire Wahlund than to compensate us for work we had performed so far and for the additional work needed to finish the project. But as you can see from the city’s expenditures to hire a new contractor for this job, it did indeed cost more to complete this phase of the project. The city spent almost $4 million to bring Wahlund Construction in to do work we had already started.” Apex Directional Drilling President Mike Lachner

Hey Mike we do, it’s called Corruption and Cronyism! No surprise to observers of Eureka politics, this is how business is done in this town. Screw the taxpayers and make your Cronys fat.

Dave Tyson has set the gold standard for this level of sleaze and before he “retired”(cashed in) he trained his staff well.

 

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5 thoughts on “Apex Directional Drilling responds to Eureka’s Bull(SHN)t

  1. This is classic Chicago style graft. Go go for the lowest bidder then do change orders for your local contractors and stick it to the others. The other method set up the low bidder to fail, then award a fat fix-it contract to your buddies.

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  2. If Apex has such a strong case, why are they litigating it through the press?

    You are way off on this one, no surprise there. You and your other two or three contributors like Janelle Mola Egger are hilarious.

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    • hm:

      Glad to keep you amused. Of course, it’s hard for me to be Janelle Egger since I’m a guy but keep trying and don’t give up.

      Perhaps Apex is “litigating through the press” as you say because they don’t like the idea of their professional reputations being very publicly ruined.

      Perhaps they were reacting to the smug performance by SHN and the City of Eureka when Wahlund brought the project through (and doing it for more money than Apex volunteered to do for cost).

      Perhaps Apex hopes cooler heads will prevail and something reasonable can be worked out.

      There’s three reasons right there.

      You might try actually reading the article; then you might have an idea of Apex’s side of the story.

      Didn’t catch Sparky’s contribution so I don’t know what to say to that.

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  3. Beyond that, you dont even understand the project, and when it was explained to you by Sparky, you still try and act like this is some type of cronyism.

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  4. Three cheers for Janelle Egger btw, the beating heart of the Constitution and free speech in matters of Occupy and HumCo’s Human Rights Commission.

    The more Janelle Egger the more better.

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