Duke's plans to build a high pressure natural gas transmission line through our densely populated communities, made many of us appreciate the importance of our local elected officials.
Although Duke has requested a temporary suspension of the application process, we expect them to continue the proceedings at a later date...possibly after the elections. When Duke files to resume the adjudicatory process, they could make adjustments to the Green Route (Duke's alternate route), to avoid the EPA Superfund site, or return to their original preferred option, the Orange Route.
With the upcoming local elections on November 7th, we thought it would be helpful to check where our current officials and potential candidates stand today on the issue of Duke's pipeline and whether they are committed to continued legal intervention on behalf of all of our communities.
NOPE sent a brief survey to candidates running for office in our area to learn more.
Which Officials/Candidates Stand with NOPE?
Since March, 2017, elected officials from Amberley, Blue Ash, Cincinnati, Columbia Township, Deer Park, Evendale, Golf Manor, Hamilton County, Madeira, Pleasant Ridge, Reading and Sycamore Township opposed Duke's pipeline and have been legally intervening on behalf of their constituents.
Some of NOPE's biggest supporters!
We believe the elected officials who initially supported legal intervention are still on board, as is NOPE. However, in the event that priorities or perspectives have changed, we thought it would be prudent to confirm their position.NOPE sent candidates running for office (either as incumbents or non-incumbents) a brief survey to understand where they stand on Duke's pipeline and commitment to continued inter-jurisdictional intervention efforts.
READ MORE to find out which officials/candidates are committed to continuing to protect our municipalities from Duke's unnecessary pipeline.
Some Community Leaders Did Not Oppose the Pipeline...at least not through legal intervention
Why didn't municipalities intervene?
Municipalities that could be affected by Duke's Central Corridor Pipeline but chose NOT to intervene legally include Norwood, Fairfax, Montgomery, Silverton and Sharonville.
NOPE is providing a list of the elected officials who were in office when the decision was made not to contest Duke's pipeline, as well as other candidates running for election in these municipalities in November.
We can only guess why these municipalities chose not to intervene...perhaps the decision was financially driven, or officials did not think the pipeline would have a significant impact or their communities? READ MORE
What to do Now:
Be informed about your local candidates and their position on issues that are important to you. Ask questions and seek out additional information about the candidates and issues upon which you will have an opportunity to vote. Here is contact information from the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
Help NOPE fill in missing information. Please encourage candidates in your community to respond to our 2 minute survey,if they have not done so. We will update our information as responses come in.
Share information with others in communities affected by Duke's pipeline.
Vote in the general elections on Tuesday, November 7th, 6:30AM - 7:30PM. This November we elect local officials: mayors, city councils, township trustees, municipal judges, and school board members. There will be at least 5 issues on ballots in Hamilton County: Senior Services levy, Mental Health levy, Indigent Care levy, and the statewide initiatives on Victim Rights and Prescription Drug Prices. MORE INFORMATION