Issues Related to the Trails in the Northwest


This section will address current issues of importance to the Northwest Chapter. Of immediate concern is the proposed transmission line from Boardman to Hemingway. This line will severely impact the Oregon Trail

Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line, Update Spring 2021

A 300-mile 500kV transmission line in Eastern Oregon crossing the Oregon National Historic Trail seven times. Gail Carbiener continues his tireless (?) effort to shepherd OCTA interest in this project that at times seems to be in perpetuity. At this date the timeline is as follows: Discovery goes until 3/26/2021, then responses are due 4/16/2021. Then direct testimony material on 9/17/2021 with rebuttal due on 10/29/2021 followed by In-Person hearing 1/10/2022, with arguments and responses. The Judge is scheduled to issue her Case Order on 5/22/2022. Will it ever end???

by John Winner

Nolin Hills Wind Energy Project, Update Spring 2021

This Capital Power Project is a 350MW wind project currently under development in Umatilla County Oregon. The project is sited on approximately 45,000 acres located west of Pendleton, Oregon and under a long-term lease from a single landowner. OCTA raised concerns about the potential visual impacts from the project infrastructure. Through the efforts of Sallie Riehl, Northwest Chapter President and Gail Carbiener, Northwest Chapter Preservation Officer and Past President Dave Welch an agreement was reached between OCTA and Capital Power to mitigate any direct and/or indirect effects by providing a financial sum for environmental protection, conservation, and general maintenance efforts.

by John Winner

Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line, Update March 31, 2020

Coalition Sues to Block Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line

Concerned citizens across Oregon have joined forces to oppose construction of the massive, nearly 300-mile-long, Boardman to Hemingway (B2H) high-voltage transmission line. Stop B2H Coalition and Greater Hells Canyon Council charged the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service with failure to adequately review the impact of the route Idaho Power has proposed for the B2H transmission line across five eastern Oregon counties. The suit was filed in federal court in Pendleton, Oregon.

For more information, see this article from Oregon Public Broadcasting.

For details on the lawsuit, see this document.

 

Preserving Worthy History: Our National Trails – By Bill Martin, Past President of OCTA.

Bill Martin has written a thought provoking article on why we need to preserve our trail heritage. It’s a good read, from the National OCTA News:

Preserving Worthy History