Open Public Hearing w/ Ohio Power Siting Board
Thursday, March 21st 3:00 - 8:00PM
UC Blue Ash, 119 Muntz Hall 9555 Plainfield Rd
Here is what you need to know:
#1 - To make the strongest impression, we need a big turnout from all communities, along both the preferred and alternate routes. Encourage your family, friends to attend, and neighbors. Attend with a group -- one person can read a statement, while your group stands behind that person in solidarity. Support all of our communities!
Lots of voices help us be heard
What are your 3 most important points?
#2 - 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 3-4 minutes -- if you have more to say, put it in writing and turn it in immediately following your oral testimony. If you are using pictures, diagrams or other visual aids, bring a copy that can be shared with the OPSB, and left behind for the record. Here are some tips to help you get started.
#3 - 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.
#3 - End your statement with an "ask". For example, ask the OPSB to carefully consider opposing points of view and data. Ask them to consider Duke's application and alternative solutions in the context of human safety. (OPSB Staff did not speak to issues raised by the communities and accepted Duke's claims at face value). Other asks include: requests for a complete cost/benefit analysis, in-depth risk assessments, or examination of the scale of the project compared to need. 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!
NOTE: If you spoke at the previous Public Hearing on June 15th, 2017, focus your testimony on new insights and information.
It has been almost 2 years since the last hearing, and a lot has happened:
You have had an opportunity to reflect and learn more about the project.
Brand new pipelines have failed,
3rd party damage is increasing in Ohio.
Industry bad behavior has increased public concern about oversight and accountability.
PHMSA's new pipeline safety regulations for high pressure pipelines in High Consequence Areas still have not been passed.
OPSB Staff recently released a revised report, which ignored public pleas for due diligence and human safety considerations.
#4 - On Thursday, March 21st, 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 possibly 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.
Check in at our NOPE table while you are at the hearing. We have petitions and handouts.
#5 - Reach out to the newly appointed members of the Ohio Power Siting Board, Governor Mike DeWine and non voting members of the OPSB. Participate in the 500 PSI influence campaign- the goal is for these people to take notice, help them understand the level of opposition and very valid concerns about this project, and its impact on people and ask them give the project the appropriate level of personal attention and objective consideration. Whatever they decide could have an impact on the lives of thousands of people for decades.