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What happened at the Open Public Hearing?
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Hello NOPE Community

Thanks to everyone who attended the OPSB Open Public Hearing on June 15th!​
 
​Several hundred people ​​came to share their stories or just listen to others, including elected officials, business and community leaders, and residents from across the Cincinnati area. Some shared technical analysis of how the pipeline is unnecessary and how the OPSB staff report was inadequate. Others became emotional while sharing their personal stories.

Unfortunately n​one of the Ohio Power Siting Board decision makers showed up for the hearing. ​Roughly half the Board was expected to attend, yet their staff gave no reason for a change in plans.​We're disappointed that so much compelling testimony will be relegated to typed words on a page, which the Siting Board ​​may not even read.

​The OPSB also did not design the hearing to accommodate this level of opposition.  ​More than 100 concerned citizens took the time to prepare for the hearings and arranged their schedule to attend, only to discover ​that they'd have to wait several hours to speak. While we appreciate that the adjudicatory judge ​kept the hearing open until 10 p.m.--two hours past the scheduled end time-- many of us left feeling that we had not been given a truly fair hearing.
 
​The upside is that we are now even more determined to be heard. We hope you will demonstrate this determination by writing to those who might influence the decision makers.
IMPORTANT NEXT STEPS
1) ​Call or write to Governor Kasich​, who appoints the Siting Board members, and demand accountability. R​​elay your personal story. Remind him of the economic and environmental burdens of a massive, intrusive, and unnecessary new pipeline project. Ask why the Siting Board could not, at minimum, provide a fair hearing at which its members actually showed up.

For your convenience, you can use our NOPE stakeholder app to send an email to Governor Kasich and other members of the OPSB. NOTE: On step 3 of the app, be sure to scroll down the page and uncheck the names of people to whom you do not wish to send your email.  

If you prefer to call or mail a letter to the Governor, here is his contact information:

Governor John Kasich 
Riffe Center, 30th Floor 
77 South High Street 
Columbus, OH 43215-6117
Phone: (614) 466-3555 
2) Write a letter to the editor of the Columbus Dispatch, expressing dissatisfaction with the OPSB Hearing.  This might gain some attention with Governor Kasich as well as PUCO staff.  The same letter can also be submitted to the Cincinnati Enquirer.  The newspapers generally prefer letters to be about 200 words or less.  Consider modifying the letter you write to Governor Kasich and focusing on a single communication point.
3) Write a letter or send your written statement to Lynn Good, President of Duke Energy.  Lynn is a native of Fairfield, Ohio, so perhaps she would be willing to come see our Ohio communities and pipeline routes for herself.  Tell Lynn about your experience with her company on the pipeline issue.  While she may not be able to control the OPSB, she certainly can impact how the leaders at Duke Ohio treat their customers. 

Here is Lynn Good's contact information:
Lynn Good
President/CEO Duke Energy
526 S. Church St.
Charlotte, NC 28202-1803
The OPSB public hearing will be available via cable access soon, courtesy of ICRC TV!  We will send you the schedule and link information when available.

Watch for more details from NOPE about the upcoming legal proceedings.
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