Groups sue to stop power transmission line in eastern Oregon



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BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) — Two groups have filed a federal lawsuit to block a proposed power transmission line that would run through two counties in northeast Oregon.

The Baker City Herald reported Thursday that the Stop B2H Coalition and Greater Hells Canyon Council filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Pendleton.

The plaintiffs say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service failed to adequately review the potential environmental impacts of the Idaho Power Company project.

Construction would start in 2022 on the nearly 300-mile line, with completion in 2026.

The line would run from near Boardman, Oregon to Hemingway, Idaho.

Idaho Power is partnering with PacifiCorp and the Bonneville Power Administration.

Jordan Rodriguez, Idaho Power spokesman, says they aren’t named in the complaint and are moving ahead with their plans.

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Information from: Baker City Herald, http://www.bakercityherald.com/

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