Plan for Tillamook transmission line draws opposition

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A proposed electrical transmission line in northwestern Oregon has run into opposition from landowners in its path.

The Capital Press reports the 8.6-mile line would cross farmland and forestland in Tillamook County, drawing criticism from those who worry about impediments to agriculture and logging.

The Tillamook Public Utility District says the line is needed to improve the reliability of the electrical grid.

But Oregon Coast Alliance executive director Cameron La Follette says landowners are concerned about the health impacts to themselves and their livestock from being exposed to electromagnetic emissions.

Adding to the tension is the planned use of eminent domain to obtain easements along the route.