Preparing for Open Public Hearing
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Open Public Hearing w/ Ohio Power Siting Board
Thursday, June 15th 3:00 - 8:00PM
UC Blue Ash, 119 Muntz Hall
9555 Plainfield Rd

Here is what you need to know:

To make the strongest impression, we need a big turnout from all communities, along both the preferred and alternate routes. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. One person can read a statement, while your group stands behind that person in solidarity.  Support all of our communities!  "Nobody wins, unless we all win." - PG Sittenfeld
Lots of voices help us be heard

What are your 3 most important points?
Prepare talking points ahead of time, but speak from the heart.  You will feel more confident, and have a more effective statement if you think about the key things you want the OPSB to know, and communicate in a personal way. (Note: It is best if you speak for yourself; reading a statement on someone else's behalf might not be permitted.)

Try to limit your oral testimony to about 3 minutes -- if you have more to say, put it in writing and turn it in immediately following your oral testimony.  Bring pictures or diagrams to share and leave behind, if that helps communicate your message.  
 Here are some tips to help you get started.
Represent all of our communities.  While it is important to tell your personal story, it is just as important to communicate that this high pressure pipeline does not belong in any densely populated neighborhoods. Energy companies prefer to paint pipeline opponents as selfish. This pipeline is unnecessary and does not belong in anyone's back yard, next to anyone's school or place of worship, nor near any place where lots of people congregate.
End your statement with an "ask".  For example, ask the OPSB to more thoroughly examine the impact of Duke's plan, and whether it is truly necessary. Encourage them to dig deep into the details. The communities must be confident that the Siting Board and Duke have performed due diligence and are not simply rubber-stamping this project.

Our communities NEED more!
On Thursday, June 15th, arrive any time between 3:00 and 8:00PM.  Sign in upon arrival. Individuals will be called in the order in which they sign in to speak before an adjudicatory judge and some members of the OPSB.  You will be sworn in, stating your name and indicating that what you are about to say is the truth. A court reporter will transcribe your testimony so that it can be part of the official legal record.  You could be asked questions by the attorneys who are present.  Leave or stay and listen when you are done.
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