With the beginning of the new year, things are beginning to "heat up" on Duke's Central Corridor Pipeline Project. More details about what is happening and how you can be ready to respond are included below!
Pipeline Activities Resuming?
Things have been relatively quiet over the holiday season. However, there are indications that Duke is beginning to take steps to move forward on the pipeline project.
Duke Contractors boring into concrete to get soil samples - West Ave. Reading, OH
In both Reading and Evendale there have been reports of surveying activity by representatives from Duke in the vicinity of the Green Route. This suggests that Duke has not ruled out the Green Route. However, we do not have enough information at this point to determine whether this is Duke's lead option.
There was a surprising, "out of the blue" Letter to the Editor in the Cincinnati Enquirer from the Mayor of Mariemont in support of the pipeline. It is unclear what motivated the mayor to write this letter, although he did send a similar statement to the Ohio Power Siting Board some time ago.
In a recent newspaper article, Sally Thelan, from Duke Energy said an announcement of how Duke is planning to proceed will be made in early 2018.
What to do NOW:
It is time to begin preparing to re-group and renew our efforts to insure that any new natural gas infrastructure is needed, responsible and in the best interest of our communities. Here is how you can help:
Keep your eye out for surveying or other unusual activities. Ask your elected officials whether representatives from Duke are working in your community and where. If you see or hear about surveying or other activities, please alert NOPE! (NOPECincy.firstname.lastname@example.org). We want to keep members in the communities informed of what is happening.
Be careful if you are approached to sign any documents. We encourage you to consult with an attorney who can look out for your interests before you sign any documents. If you do not have an attorney, contact the Cincinnati Bar Association (513-381-8359). They are aware of this pipeline project and can provide information about attorneys who can assist you. NOPE cannot offer legal advice, however, here is some additional information that was given to us that you might find helpful.
Get yourself and your community ready! Let your friends, neighbors and community leaders know that we should expect an announcement from Duke soon. Watch for information from NOPE! and share it through your communication channels.
"Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory." - Miguel De Cervantes