"Welcome to A Better Way for BPA!"
Working To Preserve Our Land And Our Landowner Rights
Click on the attachments below to read our Mid Fall Newsletter and the letter Weyerhaeuser sent to Stephen Wright, BPA CEO telling BPA the only acceptable route is for BPA to use their existing right-of-way.
October 2, 2011
We have put together a sample presentation for you to see what it is that BPA looks for when deciding a route on or near your land. This is attached below.
Click here to see an example of pictures you could capture and present to BPA in your own presentation.
Below is taken from the Q&A section of BPA's web site
What environmental resources does BPA take into account when siting and designing new transmission lines?
BPA considers the potential impacts to the natural, economic and social environment, including plants, animals, wetlands, floodplains, land use, recreation, water bodies, fish, groundwater, cultural resources, public health and safety, air quality, transportation, socioeconomics and aesthetics. The study area for a project is identified based on the end points for the line. BPA studies the terrain and the existing natural and manmade constraints and then develops preliminary, or proposed, routes. As potential routes are studied and adjusted and further comments are received from the public, more in-depth analyses are performed on each route.
To make an informed decision about the proposed project, BPA gathers information about features that would make it difficult to site a line across your property such as homes and outbuildings, business property, wetlands, cultural resources, threatened and endangered species, unstable soils and slopes, wells and septic systems.
Our board has taken an in-depth study and transformed it into an easy-to-understand presentation to show you the facts about Bonneville Power Administration's existing right-of-way of routes 9 and 25.
More convincing evidence as to why our board and our members agree, routes 9 and 25 are the most sensible routes for BPA to choose.
This presentation emphasizes four things:
Any route that is not built on the government-owned infrastructure that is already in place is government waste.
Any route that is not built on the government-owned existing transmission corridor is anti property rights.
Asking citizens to shoulder the burden and pay any more in rates for this project than it would otherwise cost if built on existing government land is irresponsible. That amounts to a completely unwarranted rate increase.
A new corridor will be a threat to private wells, while unnecessarily increasing the contamination to groundwater, rivers, streams and wetlands from the herbicides BPA uses containing scientifically proven cancer-causing compounds.
Click on the attached file below named "Facts About BPA's Right-of-Way" to read the presentation.
The board of A Better Way for BPA continues to advocate for the rural landowner's homes, land, and landowner rights.
On July 20, 2011, some of our board members met with Bonneville Power Administration Executives Brian Silverstein, Senior Vice President Transmission Services; Larry Bekkedahl, Vice President Engineering and Technical Services; Katherine Pierce, NEPA Compliance Officer; Mark Korsness, Project Manager' and Jim Luce, Chairman of the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (who reports to the governor).
Mr. Luce arranged this meeting, and we spent two hours going over questions and landowner right's issues with them. We are very thankful to Mr. Luce for that opportunity and to BPA for agreeing to meet with us.
On June 21, 2011, some of our board members met with our 18th legislative district representatives, Senator Joseph Zarelli, Representative Ann Rivers, and Representative Ed Orcutt, to discuss our landowner rights and what we stand to lose if BPA chooses a rural route.
On May 20, 2011, a few of our board members met with our State's Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler to ask her to support our effort to protect our homes, lands, and our landowner rights.
On November 4, 2010, A Better Way for BPA president Cheryl Brantley presses BPA CEO Stephen Wright on property rights.
On October 22, 2010, our Board invited impacted citizens from several rural routes to meet with BPA CEO Stephen Wright to discuss our concerns regarding the impact to our private rural homes and properties.
April 18, 2011
Our first newsletter has been published. We hope this helps clear up some misconceptions on several topics. Please see the attachment.