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(Washington, D.C.) –Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, met with Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) Administrator Steve Wright and urged him to carefully examine route locations for the new electric transmission lines in the proposed I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project to make sure the impact to Southwest Washington is minimized. Murray stressed the need for Wright to continue engaging with the local communities before making decisions about the location of new transmission lines.

“Keeping energy rates low is a priority for me, and for families across Washington state, and I support BPA’s efforts to expand its transmission infrastructure to ensure that our rapidly growing communities will have low rates for many more years. However, BPA must take the concerns of local residents seriously as it moves forward,” said Senator Murray. “That’s why I’ve continued to push Mr. Wright to engage local communities and to take into consideration how these transmission lines will impact Southwestern Washington. During our meeting today, Mr. Wright acknowledged the importance of regional concerns and I will continue work with BPA to ensure that the interests of Southwestern Washington are considered with regard to this proposed project.”

In July, Senator Murray sent a letter to BPA Administrator Steve Wright urging them to consider Southwest Washington interests when designing routes for the new transmission lines.