Duke Pipeline updates from NOPE!
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Hello NOPE Community

Duke's pipeline plans continue to be a major concern for our region. NOPE! is committed to insuring that Duke's natural gas infrastructure solutions are safe, responsible and in the best interest of our communities. Over the next several months, we need your help -- writing letters, attending public hearings and events, sharing information with others, and financially supporting NOPE. (see details below)
New Phase Begins in Duke's Application Process

On March 3, 2017, the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) announced that they are starting the Investigation Phase of the natural gas transmission line application process. Over the next 2-3 months, OPSB is going to analyze Duke's application and other information to determine whether the project meets the OPSB siting requirements.

NOPE! encourages individuals and businesses to continue to write to the OPSB to express comments and concerns.  Public comments are accepted throughout the entire application process.  Additionally, members of the community will have an opportunity to express their concerns in-person at open public hearings.  The OPSB will conduct these hearings in Cincinnati and Columbus in late/spring/early summer, as a final step in their investigation.

If you live along Duke's preferred or alternate routes, watch your mail carefully! Duke will be sending notices regarding the date, time and location of the Open Public Hearings.  Anyone can attend these hearings. However, Duke is only required to notify those from whom they need to acquire an easement.  

NOPE will continue to provide more detailed information and plans over the next few months.
Intervention - Which Municipalities are "On Board"?

Intervention is an important legal tool for the communities opposed to Duke's high pressure transmission line plans. Municipal
 Intervenors may participate in adjudicatory hearings, access to important documents and testimony and have a seat at the table.

Under the leadership of PG Sittenfeld (Cincinnati City Council) and Todd Portune (Hamilton County Commissioners), officials from all 15+ affected jurisdictions have formed a Municipal Legal Coalition.  This coalition of elected leaders and legal representatives has agreed to work together cooperatively, where appropriate.  While each municipality must file for intervention individually, the coalition creates a united and powerful opposition force against Duke's pipeline plans. Working together as a coalition also provides opportunities for collaboration, information exchange and cost sharing. 

Thank you to Amberley, Blue Ash, Cincinnati, Columbia Township, Deer Park, Evendale, Hamilton County, Pleasant Ridge and Sycamore Township.  These coalition members have communicated their intent to file for intervention.  If you live or work in these areas, be sure to thank your elected officials for protecting your communities!  Note: Madeira has also committed to intervene, although elected officials have chosen not to participate in the coalition.

Communities that have not yet committed to intervene are Fairfax, Golf Manor, Montgomery, Sharonville and Silverton.  There is till time for these municipalities to "get on board"!  Officials from all affected areas are expected to finalize their jurisdiction's legal intervention plans over the next few days.  

It would be truly amazing if we could get 100% of the communities affected by the pipeline to be involved in the intervention, either in a major or minor capacity.  Thanks to the leadership of PG Sittenfeld and Todd Portune, even financially constrained communities can participate in the Municipal Legal Coalition.
1. URGENT! If you live in one of the following communities, contact your mayor and city council about participating in legal intervention:  Fairfax, Golf Manor, Montgomery, Reading, Silverton and Sharonville.  Members of the Municipal Legal Coalition are meeting over the next few days to finalize plans, so contact your officials today!  

2. Participate in the process. COMMUNICATE your concerns and comments to the Ohio Power Siting Board.  Not sure what to say in your letter?  Peruse some of the 1400+ letters filed with the OPSB to see what other people are saying.  You can view letters and other related materials on OPSB's case docket information system. SHARE our NOPE newsletter with your friends, so they know what is going on. PLAN to attend Public Hearings.  Watch for more details from NOPE!

3. Contribute financially to support NOPE Intervention efforts.   We need funds to continue legal opposition of the pipeline.  Online contributions can be made through NOPE's GoFundMe Page.  Checks payable to: NOPE - Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Extension, LLC can be mailed to NOPE c/o Glenn Rosen, Treasurer 9228 Bluewing Ter, Blue Ash, OH  45236.  NOTE: Contributions are not tax deductible.
NOPE wants to thank all of the elected officials who have dedicated resources and their own time to protect our communities.  The concern they have shown for constituents has been genuine.  The collaboration among leaders of our communities is absolutely unique in today's divisive climate  

Special thanks to Golf Manor and Evendale for hosting NOPE Town Halls.  These have been one of the most important ways to educate and engage our communities about the pipeline.  Thank you also to Blue Ash for the use of meeting facilities.  

Finally, thank you to all the members of our NOPE community, who have contributed 1000's of volunteer hours, funding to build the NOPE organization and support our legal intervention, and contributing their own unique experience and talent to help our group achieve its goals.  We have a big challenge ahead of us, and we are ready!
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