Clark County was looking to have a sit-down with the Bonneville Power Administration before the public comment period ends on a 500-kilovolt line proposed to run through Clark and Cowlitz counties.
The BPA says it will pass.
“We declined the meeting as proposed to protect the integrity of what has been a very public and very publicly noticed process,” said Doug Johnson, BPA spokesman. “We gave many opportunities to give oral comment.”
Clark County Senior Policy Analyst Axel Swanson said he agrees the agency has offered the opportunity to comment, but he was hoping for a final workshop with stakeholders so the BPA could hear a solidified opinion on the preferred line.
“Some of the jurisdictions have similar feelings and views, and I think it would be good to bring stakeholders together,” Swanson said. “My vision is it would have been like a work session.”
Swanson said officials from Clark County, Cowlitz County, Castle Rock and Camas were all interested in attending such a meeting.