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Once again OPSB decision makers can't be bothered to show up for their own meeting, expert witnesses submit testimony and adjudicatory hearing begins April 9th.
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Hello NOPE Community!


Below are important updates about the OPSB Public Hearing, the start of legal proceedings and the work NOPE and others are doing to protect our communities from Duke's excessive infrastructure plans.
At OPSB Hearing People Demand Action - Are Decision Makers Listening?
Thank you to the hundreds of concerned citizens attended the OPSB Public Hearing on March 21st to express opposition to Duke’s CCP.  There was compelling testimony from technical experts, educators and elected officials, and residents across Hamilton County.  Consistent themes were no need for the project, lack of due diligence by OPSB Staff in reviewing Duke’s application, concerns for safety that have not been addressed by OPSB or Duke, and the impact of poor routing decisions.

While people made both factual presentations and heartfelt pleas, once again not a single decision maker from OPSB bothered to show up. This is simply unacceptable. CCP has had more opposition than any other project that OPSB has been responsible for. All the voting members of OPSB are brand new and some claim they know nothing about the project.  We cannot let OPSB decision maker use ignorance as an excuse for not engaging.  
Legal Proceedings Have Begun with Testimony and Depositions
Over the past couple of weeks, expert witnesses for Duke, NOPE and other Intervenors have submitted written testimony.  The written testimony is followed up with in-person depositions for some of them.  The purpose of the written testimony and depositions is for subject matter experts for Duke to defend their application for the Central Corridor Pipeline and experts for Intervenors to challenge or provide counter-arguments to Duke's claims.  The written statements can be viewed on line on the OPSB website under case #16-253-GA-BTX.

Beginning Tuesday, April 9th, experts will testify and be cross examined by opposing counsel before the adjudicatory judge and perhaps actual voting members for OPSB.  The first few days of the hearing will begin with Duke's expert witnesses followed by OPSB Staff.  The order for Intervenors' witnesses has not been finalized but will begin after Duke and OPSB are finished.  The hearing will probably last through the end of this week.
NOPE's Expert Witness Challenges Duke's Case
NOPE could not have found a more qualified, experienced witness to review Duke's application and related materials than Dr. Guldmann.  Some of his relevant qualifications are:
  • Master’s Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, specializing in operations research and industrial management (Ecole des Mines, Nancy, France)
  • PhD in Urban and Regional Planning specializing in quantitative planning methods, urban economics, and environmental management (Israel Institute of Technology)
  • 20+ years teaching experience at Ohio State University.  Subjects taught include regional planning, population and economic forecasting, statistical and optimization methods, as well as introductory and advanced classes in energy planning. 
  • Research projects for Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, US Energy Administration and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. 
  • Published author in peer-reviewed academic journals
  • Consulting and natural gas infrastructure modeling and vulnerability analysis for US Bureau of National Standards, Argonne National Laboratory, President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection and the California Energy Commission
Dr. Guldmann is testifying on behalf of NOPE, Cincinnati and Hamilton County.  He has spent the past several months evaluating Duke's application.  He has concluded the C314V application should be denied by the OPSB for the following reasons:
  1. The project is not justified by market growth and related peak requirements
  2. The project does not materially improve the north-south balance and reliability of the system
  3. The need for retirement of the P-A plants is not clearly justified
  4. The risks involved in operating the pipeline through a high-density populated area are not acceptable
NOPE members continue to work hard preparing for the legal proceedings, keeping community members up to date, and providing resources to empower action.  We need your support and help! 
1) Please help us pay for the excellent work being done by our attorney James Yskamp and expert witness Dr. Jean-Michel Guldmann. 
For almost 3 years, James Yskamp's legal expertise, commitment to fighting for environmental justice against powerful companies like Duke, and empowerment of NOPE has been invaluable.  Dr. Guldmann's credentials, independent analysis of Duke's application and compelling testimony are very damaging to Duke's case.  While both have been very reasonable with charges, we do need to pay them for their work!
Visit NOPE's GoFundMe page or send check payable to NOPE c/o Glenn Rosen, 9228 Bluewing Ter, Blue Ash, OH 45236)
2) Participate in the 500 PSI (Public speaking to Influencers) Campaign.  All of the voting members of the Ohio Power Siting Board are new to their position and do not understand the opposition to Duke's Central Corridor Pipeline.  Call, write letters, and demand their engagement and unbiased evaluation of the facts.  Also, reach out to Governor Mike DeWine, as he has appointed all the voting members of OPSB and can insist upon due diligence and objectivity.  While Duke contributed extensively to Governor DeWine's election campaign, Governor DeWine is accountable to all of the people of Ohio.  CLICK HERE for details and contact information.  

Use social media and other communication channels to ask your family, neighbors and friends to send letters, as well.  
3) Attend all or part of the legal proceedings in Columbus, beginning April 9th.  We expect the legal proceedings to last several days.  Representatives for Duke will present their case first, and attorneys for Intervenors will conduct cross examinations.  OPSB Staff is scheduled to testify next.  This part of the testimony will probably take 2-3 days of the hearing The schedule for the remaining expert witnesses has not been finalized.  If you would like to attend, the hearings begin each day at 10:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM. 
Offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Hearing Room 11-A
180 E. Broad St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215


Individuals interested in carpooling can meet at Pet Supplies Plus, right next to Blue Ash Kroger (4100 Hunt Rd) at 7:45 AM and we will coordinate carpools from there.  
We will share information throughout the proceedings, as time permits, so watch for more news and continue to say NOPE to Duke!
Got Questions?  Contact us at NOPECincy.org@gmail.com
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