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By R Zornes
Wishram Landowner 

BPA’s two-cents-on-the-dollar offer is swindling owners

Guest Commentary


BPA is offering landowners two cents on the dollar for their Big Eddy-Knight 500kv transmission line through Wishram and up to Goldendale. In a recent news story, a BPA representative berated our County Commissioner for using the term “pittance” and continued on to state that BPA was using an innovative new approach by offering each landowner $5,000 per tower, plus the fair market value for the transmission line corridor. Consider their offer a crime against landowners.

What is fair value? Recently a local landowner was given $850 per month for one cell tower on their property. That equals $357,000 over the next 35 years. Compare $357,000 to $5,000, and it’s less than two cents on t...

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