"Welcome to A Better Way for BPA!"
Working To Preserve Our Land And Our Landowner Rights
If you haven’t already done so, you have work to do to protect your land and your community. This requires EVERYONE'S participation to protect private land and our beautiful communities.
An Official Public Comment Period will be accepted for 45 days when the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is released. BPA will also conduct meetings and take public comment at that time. By law, under NEPA, these Official Public Comments have to be considered and individually addressed in the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
Every impacted landowner and anyone else concerned about the impacts of this project MUST commit themselves to attending and speaking at the BPA Open House meetings (all comments will be recorded). During that 45 days of the Official Public Comment Period, you MUST submit comments telling BPA why it should not use your land and destroy your community forever.
Get others to commit
Even though the BPA-owned right-of-way is the sensible choice, taking the least amount of private property and the least amount of taxpayer/ratepayer dollars, our elected officials will not support us in telling BPA to use its existing right-of-way. Because of this, you should be contacting as many land rights groups, stimulus/tax watchdog groups, and environmental groups asking them to become committed to attending and speaking at any of the BPA Open House meetings and committed to comment during the Official Public Comment Period. These groups have lobbyists and the ability to influence our elected officials and BPA.
This needs to be accomplished BEFORE the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is released sometime near June.
How do you know who to contact? You can do your own online search for these groups. Or to get you started, we have done our own search and drafted a list of contacts, which is attached below
How do you know what to say? We have drafted a cheat sheet for you to use, which is attached below.
March 19, 2010, the City of Camas passed Resolution 1236 stating "route the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project away from the urban area known as the City of Camas"
Monday, February 13, 2012, the Vancouver City Council made it clear to BPA that they want the new towers and lines to go through your rural property by avoiding the "densely populated areas" in Vancouver.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and BPA's Preferred Alternative (a preferred route) is due out in late spring possibly as late as June.
You have been given additional time to call, write, or visit your elected officials.
Read the next two sentences to learn why you need to contact them immediately.
1. All of your elected officials have had no problem telling BPA to avoid "densely populated areas" or "population centers!"
2. None of your elected officials letters tell BPA to avoid private property!
Call, write, or visit your elected officials
You can find your elected officials contact information on the left side of this page under "Contacts"
- Make it clear to your elected officials that when they tell BPA to avoid the "populated areas" they are saying to put the new towers and lines on your property, in your community.
- Ask them to support landowner rights by asking BPA to choose a route that would take the least amount of private land.
You are lucky, you have been given more time---now it is your time to get busy---defend your landowner rights!!
Read what has been said by these elected officials in their letters below. Look for highlighted areas that really bring to light who they are representing.
If electromagnetic fields are concerning to you, we have learned an important fact you should know.
BPA tells us that they may be able to reduce or even cancel the EMF levels along their existing right-of-way.
This is something they cannot do on any new rural corridor!
In their own words BPA tells us: “When placing a new line near an existing line, we use a "phase-optimization" approach to minimize EMF levels, when feasible. Phase optimization involves arranging the cables in a way that limits or reduces magnetic fields through field cancellation – fields created by two sets of lines can sometimes cancel each other out or result in a lower field level overall. The amount of the reduction depends on the direction of the power flow and the magnitude of the flow on transmission line.”
BPA releases data that shows us the truth of the matter regarding who will lose the most for this project. Like we've reported all along, the rural private landowner will lose the most.
It will cost millions more to route a new corridor on land other than BPA’s existing right-of-way (West Alternative). These millions will be reflected in what BPA charges for its electricity.
At a time when our nation and its citizens are struggling financially, it would be fiscally irresponsible for Bonneville Power Administration to build a new, more expensive corridor when they can build on the land they already own rights to.
West Alternative: 317 Million
Central Alternative: 407 Million
Crossover Alternative: 363 Million
East Alternative: 406 Million
Click on the attachments below to see the data and what will be lost.
By Eric Florip
Columbian Staff Reporter
Citing an “unprecedented volume” of public comments, the Bonneville Power Administration announced it will take more time to weigh its options for a proposed 500-kilovolt transmission line through Clark and Cowlitz counties.
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