"Welcome to A Better Way for BPA!"
Working To Preserve Our Land And Our Landowner Rights
WHICH STANCE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF TAKING?
There are several positions you could take as a landowner who has had this project slammed down your throat for the past 3 years.
- You could be a pacifistic and say you're doomed, BPA is coming through my property and I cannot do a thing about it.
- You could say, I am NOT lying down quietly and letting BPA take my land.
- You could join a group of people who stand behind landowner rights and file a lawsuit against the taking of your land.
- You could go it alone and file a lawsuit against the taking of your land.
- You could say BPA didn't choose my land for their Preferred Alternative so I don't have to be involved anymore.
- You could say even though my property hasn't been chosen, I'm still going to stay involved because it is important to protect everyone's landowner rights.
Even if BPA hasn't chosen your land right now, they could change that decision and move the line to your property.
Your Property has not been released. Your land will be considered for this project until 2014!
We say it's time to let BPA know just what it's up against if it dares to come destroy our land, our neighbors land and our community!
November 14, 2012
Today, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, emailed a request to us to send this message to all landowners and people concerned about this project.
Below is her message and attached is her letter to Bonneville Power Administration CEO, Stephen Wright.
Congresswoman Herrera Beutler can be contacted in Vancouver through her assistant below:
Deputy District Director
Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03)
Dear Affected Landowner,
I am writing to share important information with you about the Bonneville Power Administration’s long-awaited release of the Preferred Alternative and Draft EIS for the BPA I-5 Corridor Reinforcement project. My office has been contacted many times over the course of the last two years by those who have been concerned about the impacts this project will have on their private property and their lives. I share those concerns.
Through numerous letters and conversations, I have urged Administrator Steve Wright to do all that he could to maximize private property protection for our local citizens as the agency considered its preferred route for this infrastructure project. There is much work yet to be done, and I am continuing to urge him to do all that he can to minimize the impacts to affected landowners (please see the attached letter).
As this issue progresses, you will have several opportunities to voice your concerns, and I urge you to remain active and involved. If you have difficulties, or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.
Opportunities for Involvement:
· The public comment period started yesterday and will be open until March 1st. It is imperative that you take part in this process and share your concerns, ideas and suggestions. This comment period will be your final opportunity to impact this project.
· Several public meetings will be called by the BPA early next year to take public comment. Although verbal comment will be taken, it will be beneficial to have your comments in written form for entering into the formal record.
· The BPA will have design team members available to work with landowners along the preferred route tower and road locations. Although the agency has announced its preferred route, the exact positions have not been decided, and they want to hear your suggestions for final locations.
· Do you have technical questions about the content of the Draft EIS? If so, the BPA is offering multiple sessions you can attend to have your questions answered. Please see the website for specifics: www.bpa.gov/goto/i-5
BPA’s Announced Timeline:
· Yesterday, release of the Preferred Alternative and Draft EIS. Public comment period begins.
· December, 2012, Draft EIS technical sessions
· March 1, 2013, public comment period closes
· 2014, Final EIS (FEIS)
· 2014, Record of Decision (30 days after FEIS)
· Summers of 2015 – 2017, Construction of project
· 2018, Energization of project
November 13, 2012
Click here to read the announcement from BPA.
A Better Way for BPA and its members are disappointed by today's decision to choose the so-called "Central Alternative" for the agency's new power transmission corridor.
BPA has chosen the most expensive option which impacts the most people not already affected by a power transmission corridor. A Better Way for BPA believes this is an irresponsible use of ratepayer dollars, especially when BPA had another less costly option for this project. Spending over 90 million extra dollars is not a being fiscally responsible.
Through its Central Alternative, BPA has targeted hundreds of families and their properties. People who live in the country now face bulldozers plowing up to a 550 foot barren scar through the middle of their land. Trees growing hundreds of feet away will be destroyed to make room for this project. This does not include the property they'll lose as BPA builds many miles of roads to access the proposed new corridor.
The Central Alternative was proposed by BPA in the middle of its process, and people affected by this project have had the least amount of time to react and comment. BPA also has singled out family farmers by choosing the route that contains the most private property owners.
This project will also lead to the destruction of sensitive wildlife buffers set aside by the State of Washington to mitigate timber harvesting on Department of Natural Resources land. Washington taxpayers have spent millions to preserve these local habitat areas. BPA ignores that and the state's buffers will now be at the mercy of BPA's bulldozers.
BPA chose the political path of least resistance and instead chose the most expensive route. BPA chose the route that takes the most private land, while minimizing the impact on corporate and state lands. BPA also decided not to utilize the most economical choice, its existing right of way.
A Better Way for BPA stands by our members and we will continue to work alongside them to oppose BPA’s choice to build a new rural transmission corridor through private land. Spending millions of additional dollars, taking hundreds of acres from private property owners, and destroying sensitive wildlife habitat makes absolutely no sense.
In a few short days, BPA will be announcing their Preferred Alternative (Preferred Route). Are you ready? Our newsletter will help you become prepared and know what to expect. Click on the attachment below.
Before the Primary Election, the board of directors of A Better Way for BPA sent each candidate a questionnaire regarding the BPA I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project. We targeted national, state, and local office seekers from cities, towns, counties, legislative, and congressional districts along all the proposed BPA routes in both Clark and Cowlitz Counties.
On October 1st, we again sent out our questionnaire to the remaining candidates who did not respond to our first survey request. We gave them a deadline of October 20th. Some of our members also sent emails to the candidates who did not respond, requesting that they return our survey. Only four additional candidates responded.
If you do not see a candidate response, it is because the candidate chose not to answer our survey.
Our rating is based on the number of questions the candidate answered as a NO. We eliminated the fourth question because it did not pertain to landowner rights.
Below are our survey questions:
1: Do you support the idea of BPA building a new transmission corridor that would invade hundreds of acres of private property instead of using its existing corridor?
2: Do you support BPA spending tens of millions more of ratepayer dollars more to build a new corridor rather than using the existing 70-year-old corridor that was designed to accommodate additional transmission lines?
3: Should BPA abandon its legal right to use the existing corridor and instead disrupt up to 1300 acres of new land with multiple river and stream crossings?
4: Do you as a Clark or Cowlitz County citizen and candidate have a personal stake in this project that would influence your views? (Do you own property on any of the proposed routes?)
The attachments below are the results of the 2012 Primary and General Election Survey.