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B2H 500 kV Power Line. Prepared by Roger FindleyBoard Member of non-profit organizationSTOP IDAHO POWER. OVERVIEW. Idaho Power Co. filed a

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1. Sage Grouse

3. OVERVIEW Idaho Power Co. filed a “Notice of Intent” (NOI) with Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) in September, 2008 to build a 299 mile long 500 kV transmission line from Boardman, OR to Hemingway, ID (B2H)

4. “Bubble Bar Chart”

5. Scoping Meetings Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) and BLM sent out scoping meeting notices to affected landowners. Scoping Meetings were held in Marsing on Oct 21 and Ontario on October 22, 2008 Comments were to be in by November 14, 2008 to BLM and ODOE

6. Overview continued A 500 kV line is the biggest line a utility can legally build in most of the US. Oregon has a law that no more than 9 volts per meter of induced electricity measured one meter above the ground be measured directly under the line (this one will have 7 volts per meter) according to BPA charts.

7. 120 to 190 foot tall lattice “poles”

8. 500 kV line south of Adrian Pacificorp

9. 40’ by 40’ base on concrete pillars

10. IPCo’s original route evaluations

11. IPCo Scoping Map

12. Google Earth Map

13. Land Ownership under Line Proposed power line is 299 miles long 88% crosses PRIVATE LAND 11% crosses BLM 1% crosses OTHER 54 miles of this line is in Malheur County ALL on PRIVATE LAND 38 miles is zoned EXCLUSIVE FARM USE

14. Miles by County 24 miles Owyhee County from Hemingway to Oregon Line 19.8 miles Malheur County from Oregon line through Big Bend to Owyhee Corners 6.5 miles in Canyon County (goes through the Parma growth boundary) towards Sand Hollow

15. Parma Impact Area

16. Miles by County Continued 12.3 miles in Payette County from outside Sand Hollow to Sand Hollow and west to Oregon line 18.2 miles in Malheur County from Nyssa to I-84 freeway 16.0 miles along I-84 to Baker County

17. Oregon EFU Laws The NOI must include proposed routes for linear facilities. If a proposed line will cross land zoned for Exclusive Farm Use, then the applicant will need to provide an alternatives analysis to show facility is necessary for public service. (ORS 345-20-10)

18. EFU laws In EFU zoned land, the criteria in ORS 215.275 determine whether a utility facility is necessary for public service. Page 13 of ODOE Project Order: The statute requires that IPC consider reasonable alternatives to the EFU zone. If one of those alternate routes would enable Idaho Power to avoid the EFU zone, then that route must be used unless it is infeasible according to the (six) criteria of ORS 215.275

19. Criteria The criteria are six factors: Technical and Engineering feasibility Locationally dependent Lack of available urban and non-resource lands Availability of existing rights of way Public health and safety Other requirements of state and federal agencies

20. “Fast Track” IPCo hopes to have construction done by 2012 and electricity flowing (already put off until 2013) According to IPCo’s own web site, this project is on “fast track”

21. In OR, EFSC Decides Oregon Department of Energy has: Energy Facility Siting Council (EFSC) Made up of 7 citizens appointed by the Governor This council will decide if the line goes in Oregon on the proposed corridor

22. 15 EFSC Standards The siting council (EFSC) has 15 criteria it goes by for a power line of this size: Introduction General Standard of Review Organizational Expertise Structural Standard Soil Protection Land Use Protected Areas

23. 15 EFSC Standards Criteria continued: Retirement and Financial Assurance Threatened and Endangered Species Scenic and Aesthetic Values Historic, Cultural, and Arch Resources Recreation Public Services Waste Minimization CO2 Emissions

24. OPUC NEED The last criteria used is: NEED Oregon PUC requires showing need in an Integrated Resource Plan (Treasure Valley Energy Plan) OPUC is required to have a public meeting adopting IPCo’s IRP Our organization has petitioned OPUC to have the meeting in Ontario

25. Condemnation Once OPUC has adopted IPCo’s need (Integrated Resource Plan) it can confer: “Right of Eminent Domain”

26. Integrated Resource Plan IPCo is using the “Treasure Valley Energy Plan” as the core of its IRP Developed by IPCo with the help of a 38 member citizens Advisory Committee Plan’s first paragraph states it is a plan for Ada and Canyon counties only (all 38 members were from those 2 counties) Actually affected 6 counties; 4 of which had no representation (Mal, Pay, Owy, Gem)

27. Energy Siting Process In Idaho (1) The Planning and Zoning Committee, then (2) County Commissioners decide if the power line goes where proposed by issuing “conditional use permit” UNLESS the line is located in a “designated national interest electric transmission corridor”, (meaning Federal corridors) then Idaho PUC decides

28. In Idaho Cont’d On Jan. 14, 2009, BLM issued its final Record of Decision for the “West Wide Energy Corridor” (WWEC) as proposed by the Federal Dept of Energy in the 2005 Energy Bill passed by Congress

29. Idaho’s Federal Energy Corridors

30. If not in Fed Corridor If Planning and Zoning say NO WAY and County Commissioners say NO WAY Goes to District Court, Judge decides

31. If in Fed Corridor IPCo must file “Site Certificate” with IPUC IPUC must have a public hearing

32. Reasons Not to Have a 500kV Line in Farm Land in OR or ID

33. Stray Voltage There have been several incidents of stray voltage affecting cattle Twins Falls Dairy sued IPCo for 17Million for stray voltage inducting into watering troughs and won (2008)

34. Height of Equipment BPA’s website recommends NOT operating equipment under the power lines higher than 14 feet for fear of ARCING

35. Dust and Smoke Dust and Smoke particles in the air make the air lose its insulation quality resulting in ARCING Firemen have to stay 200 feet away from 500kV lines when fighting fires

36. Ground Clearance When electrical current is flowing on a hot summer day, these lines will SAG IPCo says lines may only be 38 feet above ground Section of handline is 40 feet long

37. Sagging Lines 38 feet above ground

38. OSHA OSHA has rules that farmer workers have to stay 100 feet away from 500 kV lines when working

39. EMF Danger 500 kV power lines produce Electro-Magnetic Fields under them….7kV per meter It can energize metal objects such as fences, pipelines, siphons, farm equipment People can get shocks from touching these objects, especially at connecting points

40. EMF Dangers Health Concerns Causes higher incidence of childhood cancer Causes higher risk of Alzheimer's disease Melatonin levels change in humans

41. Noise These power lines HUM constantly 24/7/365 Interfere with Cell Phones, GPS units, radios, TVs Fluorescence lights bulbs will light up by holding them in your hands under these lines

42. Irrigation How will you Irrigate around the towers? Center Pivots can’t go all around the field Wheel lines can’t go past them. Must be at right angles and insulated Furrows will be all messed up

44. Aerial Applications Airplanes won’t be able to fly under them applying chemicals or over because of weight Areas untreated which become “hot spots” for pests to concentrate and spread

45. ACTIONS AFTER SCOPING MEETING

46. Called Town Hall Meeting Roger & Jean Findley and a few friends called a town hall meeting in early November, 2008 Over 300 people came and expressed as much concern as we did We formed a non-profit 501 C (3) organization called: STOP IDAHO POWER (SIP)

47. SIP GOAL To relocate Idaho Power 500 kV transmission line out of exclusive farm use zoned land.

48. SIP’s Option 2 Loop

49. SIP Has: A Board of Directors A very good lawyer A war chest of money Written hundreds of letters Involved our county leaders Met with IPCo, they promised to get back to us and we are still waiting

50. Communication One of our SIP members created a blog site called: http://stopidahopower.blogspot.com E-mail addresses of over 120 at once Telephone tree in 8 areas to call those without e-mail

51. No Easement Signs

52. Parma Formed an LLC called Parma Impact Taskforce (PIT) Had town hall meeting Jan 13. 2009 100-120 people came Website http://PleaseMove.org

53. Baker County Called a town hall meeting on Jan 22 Had 120 people attend Has formed a non-profit Wants to put out signs Website http://moveidahopower.com

54. Owyhee County Called town hall meeting in Homedale Jan 22 Approximately 100 people attended Wants to form non-profit organization Owyhee Avalanche articles: http://owyhee.com/B2H/Articles.html

55. Payette County Is beginning to organize an action group “Protect Payette County” Betty Clarich is organizing http://protectparma.com/

56. Summary Of this 299 mile long line, 88% is located in private land, 11% in public land and 1% in other. Our part of the country is largely public land so why is this happening? IPCo would rather condemn our land than fight with the environmental groups by going on public land

57. Action Plan To win this war we must: Work together Be harder to go through than public land Raise $$$ Write letters to anyone who might listen and help NOT give an EASEMENT to IPCo If they get 40% on easement, they will condemn the rest

59. The End

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