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By Shelby Taylor

Herrera Beutler to BPA on wires: 'Get it done'


Shelby Taylor

HIGH-WIRE ACT: Rep. Gina McCabe, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Goldendale Mayor Mike Cannon, and Klickitat County Commissioner David Sauter listen in Monday's meeting with the FAA and BPA on placing safety marker balls on new transmission lines over the Columbia River.

At a meeting Monday in White Salmon, U.S. Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler bluntly told the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) it should immediately get safety marker balls placed on its new transmission lines across the Columbia River.

The BPA completed multiple transmission lines last year near Wishram as part of its Big Eddy Knight Project. The lines have resulted in a safety hazard to aircraft due to its lack of visibility balls, with special concern on two thin ground wires above the main transmission lines.

Monday's meeting culminated months of conversation between the BPA and local authorities over the safety issue. Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer spearheaded the discussions and...

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