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 helped pull together the meeting. Attending were Songer, Herrera Beutler, Rep. Gina McCabe, Klickitat CountyCommissioner David Sauter, aviation expert Doug Herlihy, FAA Western U.S. Operations Supervisor Robert van Haastert, BPA Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services Mike Miller, and representatives from BPA and Gorge municipalities and counties.