For BPA where to draw the line

16 Sep 2019 admin

first_img The Bonneville Power Administration is a federal agency that manages the Northwest power grid, including several Columbia River dams. The BPA’s sprawling transmission system covers all of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, plus parts of Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California.The power marketing agency brought in more than $3.2 billion in revenue in 2011.From 500 feet up, much of the route looks rugged and remote. The proposed footprint of a new high-powered transmission line crosses large swaths of forestland as it snakes through east and north Clark County.For Dave and Kelli Merriman, the project is more than a line on a map. They hold a different view: The view out their living room window.“That’s all going to change drastically. It’s not going to be the same,” said Kelli, sitting in the family’s home off Sunset Falls Road. “You can’t put a price on this.”As the Bonneville Power Administration narrows its focus around the proposed 500-kilovolt line through Clark and Cowlitz counties, the level of detail in planning has increased. So has the level of urgency for the landowners whose properties sit along the preferred route identified in November. At least one citizen group has hired a Seattle-based law firm, preparing for a legal fight. Click to enlargelast_img

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