"Welcome to A Better Way for BPA!"
Working To Preserve Our Land And Our Landowner Rights
You have probably received Bonneville Power Administration's latest “Update” on the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project, dated April 2015. They now admit that the need for additional power is less than anticipated. Keep in mind, however, that this project has never been about local loads or load growth. All of southwest Washington and the Portland area is adequately served by the existing transmission and distribution systems. At 500-kilovolts, the I-5 path is about bulk, long-distance transmission of power from as far north as British Columbia into the grid that eventually ends up in California. Early in the internal planning phases, BPA referred to the I-5 line as the “West-of-the-Cascades Intertie”. By definition, an “intertie” is a high-capacity line intended to interconnect large geographical swaths of the electrical grid (such as connecting B.C. Hydro to Los Angeles).
BPA, of course, is always vague and evasive when asked where all this additional power would go. Dire warnings that BPA has used in the past, “rolling blackouts, system overload and unreliability, customer curtailments”, etc., are nothing but scare tactics to try to make us accept the invasion of our properties by their new power corridor and access roads for power that we will not receive. By obscuring the real purpose of the project, BPA is trying to avoid a political uproar from the citizens of Clark and Cowlitz counties who would bear the burden but receive no benefit.
BPA makes light of the damage caused by the building and maintaining of a new corridor and access roads. Touting themselves as friends of the environment is absurd. Replacing a culvert on Knowlton Creek and improving seven other stream crossings hardly makes up for the additional sixty (by their count) forested fish-bearing rivers and streams that would be permanently degraded.
Economics appear to be shifting in our favor, however. Improved energy efficiency along with increased solar power, which is consumed close to where it is produced, are creating a situation where the export of power from one region to another is not so lucrative. BPA may now have a difficult time trying to prove “need” for its project. Bonneville Power uses its own (ratepayer) money for the planning process, but must borrow from the U.S. Treasury to build. This project has created a hardship, holding thousands of landowners hostage over the fate of their properties, for over half a decade. We as concerned citizens and impacted landowners must keep the pressure on BPA and our elected officials and demand that all work on this wasteful, misguided project be ended now!
Ray Richards, Chair – A Better Way for BPA
Contact your state representatives and BPA and tell them enough is enough!
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler - Email: https://herrerabeutler.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/default.aspx
O.O. Howard House (Officers’ Row)
750 Anderson Street, Suite B
Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: (360) 695-6292
Fax: (360) 695-6197
Senator Patty Murray - Email: http://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme
The Marshall House
1323 Officer's Row
Vancouver, WA 98661
Phone: (360) 696-7797
Fax: (360) 696-779
Senator Maria Cantwell - Email: http://www.cantwell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email-maria
I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project
PO Box 9250
Portland, OR 97207
Is your land impacted by Bonneville Power Administration, I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project?
You’re not alone.
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Mt. Valley Grange, Amboy
40107 NE 221st Ave
Amboy, WA 98601
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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