In our ongoing coverage of the Bonneville Power Administration’s plans to place a power line that stretches 70 miles through Clark County, COUV.COM will feature perspectives from various county residents who could be affected. Today we talk with Ray Richards, a Vancouver resident whose family has owned a working tree farm in the Dole Valley for more than 40 years.
Richards would like to see BPA construct the new line down the existing corridor in the western part of the county, where it could pass along the edges of people’s property rather than carve through the countryside.
“It’s an environmental impact that’s a lot greater than using the existing corridor, and it’s more expensive,” Richards said. “The BPA’s own figures say it would be more expensive to put a new corridor out here.”