On Friday, April 13th Duke refiled its application for the Central Corridor Pipeline project. Recall, in August 2017, Duke requested in indefinite suspension of their application proceedings. At that time, a number of critical issues were identified, including the surprise discovery of an EPA Environmental Superfund Site close to the route recommended by the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB).
While new documents were filed last week, Duke continues to pursue the same pipeline plan that has drawn thousands of complaints from Hamilton County residents, businesses, and elected officials. NOPE believes this pipeline is unnecessary given stagnant demand for natural gas in the area, and is not meant to serve the communities it will affect.
By overbuilding natural gas infrastructure in a metropolitan area, Duke is risking catastrophic injury to residents near the pipeline, particularly from third-party damage, which is the number one cause of pipeline failures and explosions. The project also comes at a huge financial cost to Cincinnati area customers, who already pay far more for natural gas than other customers in major Ohio cities. This is just one of several high pressure pipeline projects that Duke has proposed for this area, all of which will further raise costs for customers.
Duke has requested expedited approval from OPSB, despite making several significant adjustments to the routes it originally submitted.
On Monday, April 16th, NOPE's attorney, James Yskamp filed a motionrequesting that OPSB conduct further review of the applications, require additional hearings, and provide our communities with adequate time to understand the implications of Duke's applications.
Duke had indicated they prefer the Orange Route, (eastern corridor near I-71), which affects Sharonville, Blue Ash, Montgomery, Sycamore Township (Highpoint, Kenwood, Rossmoyne), Deer Park, Madeira, Silverton, Cincinnati (Madisonville), Columbia Township, and Fairfax.
However, OPSB recommended the Green Route, (western corridor near I-75), which affects Sharonville, Blue Ash, Sycamore Township (Highpoint), Evendale, Reading, Amberley, Golf Manor, Cincinnati (Bond Hill, Roselawn) and Norwood. NOTE: The Green Route map has not been updated to eflect recent routing changes.
Because significant issues were identified after OPSB chose a preferred route, we expect OPSB to conduct a thorough review of all previous and new materials submitted by Duke. Both the Green Route (western corridor near I-75) and the Orange Route (eastern corridor near I-71) are still on the table, and will continue to be until the end of the adjudicatory process.
Attorneys for NOPE and other municipal intervenors are in the process of reviewing materials submitted by Duke, to determine next steps. In the mean time, the NOPE Community must to begin to re-group.
Help re-ignite pipeline opposition NOW:
1. Spread the Word! Share this newsletter through your communication channels - post on Facebook or Instagram, talk to your neighbors, hand out fliers at your children's athletic events or schools, discuss with local businesses and employers, share information with organizations in which you participate...
2. Contact the Ohio Power Siting Board.
Let them know how you feel about the pipeline, your specific concerns and questions. Ask them to become personally engaged to insure that Duke's application is thoroughly and objectively evaluated by appropriate members of their organization. Discuss your experience at the OPSB public hearing. Ask for more hearings to have questions addressed and be heard. Contact OPSB and include case 16-253-GA-BTX.
3. Support NOPE. NOPE continues to protect the interests of the diverse individuals, organizations, and communities affected by Duke's pipeline plans. In order to continue to fund our legal opposition efforts, we need your financial support. Even a small contribution would be greatly appreciated! Here is the link to NOPE's GO FUND ME page.
4. VOTE in the upcoming primary on Tuesday, May 8th. Click HERE for more details.
On May 9th, voters will chose which candidate will represent their party in the November Midterm elections. Candidates running for Ohio Governor are particularly important because theGovernor of Ohio appoints all of the decision making members of the Ohio Power Siting Board.
Also on the ballot is ISSUE 1- a bipartisan amendment to end gerrymandering (political manipulation of voting districts by the party in power; sadly, both parties do this) in Ohio’s Congressional Districts. If you would like to see a bipartisan process that strongly encourages both major parties to cooperate and agree on a congressional map that better represents the views of Ohioans, then vote "Yes" on Issue 1, if not, vote "No".LEARN MORE
NOPE is not affiliated with any specific political party.