Letter: Residents' input skipped over by BPA

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“BPA must take the concerns of local residents seriously as it moves forward.” … “That’s why I’ve continued to push (BPA) to engage local communities and to take into consideration how these transmission lines will impact Southwestern Washington.” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., September 2010.

“BPA has not satisfactorily explained why its suggested routes make the most sense. I believe all available options should be explored in an attempt to limit impact to residents of Clark and Cowlitz counties, including options that would enable BPA to work with the State Department of Natural Resources.” Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, May 2011.

“The county has suggested that BPA design and conduct a more complete public involvement effort. The county has also urged BPA to form a BPA Citizen Advisory Committee in order to be fully informed and to provide input. This would allow immediate dissemination of definitive information on the project,” Cowlitz County Board of Commissioners, May 2011.

So has the BPA followed the guidelines, dictates and admonitions of any of our public representatives? As of yet there is no sign of a citizen advisory committee.

Have they truly heard our voices? I don’t think so.

Dennis Stein, Ariel