Live chat: Talking about BPA and its proposed line

By Matt Wastradowski, Columbian staff writer

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The Bonneville Power Administration on Thursday night hosted a public forum in Battle Ground inviting citizens to weigh in on a proposed transmission line through Clark and Cowlitz counties.

Reporter Eric Florip provided live coverage of the event. Get a recap of the forum here.

We are hosting a live chat at noon today to discuss the proposed line. Representatives from citizen groups active in the process so far will join us for the chat, and we would love to hear from you. Click here for our live chat page.

Sign up for an email reminder on the chat page, or come back here at noon Friday to participate in the event. Login with Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or MySpace will be required to leave questions or comments, but anyone can watch the action. If you encounter technical problems, please contact our Web Editor, Libby Tucker, libby.tucker@columbian.com.

Readers who login can send questions and comments from the chat window. Matt Wastradowski will moderate the discussion, choosing which questions will go live.

The federal power marketing agency first floated the idea of building the 500-kilovolt line — held up by 150-foot towers — in 2009. The proposal has since drawn strong opposition from varying citizen groups with health and property concerns.

Background on the transmission line and last night's forum:

We ran a preview of the public forum here.

Read Florip's recap of the emotional night here.

Read this December story for some background on BPA's options.