Duke Pipeline updates from NOPE!
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Hello NOPE Community

There is a great coalition in place to hold Duke accountable for making decisions that are for the benefit of the communities they serve. 

We need you to be informed, prepared and ready to take action.  All of us have an important role to play over the next several months.  Duke's new natural gas infrastructure must be in the interest of humanity, rather than being driven by desire for profits. 

Here is what is going on, and how you can help:

Date for Open Public Hearing Announced

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has announced that the Open Public Hearing for Duke's pipeline will be held on Thursday, June 15th, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM.  The hearing will be held at UC Blue Ash in Muntz Hall.

Members of the public are invited to speak before the Ohio Power Siting Board.  This is the only face-to-face opportunity for individuals to express their opinion and raise issues directly with the OPSB. Anyone who is interested can speak in front of the Board or observe all or a portion of the hearing.  Keep in mind, the purpose of this hearing is for the OPSB to learn from you.  This is not a question and answer session.

A large turn out could help the OPSB understand the level of community concern and opposition to the pipeline.  Please plan on attending this very crucial meeting and inviting friends, neighbors, organizations and businesses to participate.  It is really important to attend, even if you have already written to the Ohio Power Siting Board.

Mark your calendar and spread the word!  You need to be attend this hearing.
List of Sensitive Facilities in the Event of a Pipeline Failure

You might think that schools, hospitals, day care centers, and places of worship are well-prepared for any emergency, but normal procedures don’t apply when a high-pressure natural gas pipeline leaks. The people inside aren’t supposed to use cell phones, alert each other via PA systems, or even set off fire alarms, due to the potential to spark an ignition. Imagine how difficult evacuation can be when communication is severely restricted.

Burns are a big risk
If an ignition does occur, the damage can be catastrophic. The heat of an explosion, called the thermal flux, is incredibly intense, and anyone within a quarter-mile could be burned, according to guidelines from the Pipeline Association for Public Awareness.
Frequency of pipeline incidents
Pipeline incidents happen two times a day on average in the United States, and more than 11,000 such incidents have occurred over the past 20 years. Backhoes, weld failures and even Mother Nature compromise pipelines, regularly. While significant damage is rare, so too are high-pressure, large-diameter lines in densely-populated areas, like the one Duke Energy has proposed in greater Cincinnati. If this pipeline isn’t truly necessary to meet this area’s energy needs, why should residents bear the risk?

LEARN MORE about which properties are vulnerable on Duke's Preferred and Alternate Route.

Anything that has an electrical charge should not be used during a natural gas emergency.


School Districts affected by Duke's pipeline routes include Cincinnati, Deer Park, Princeton and Sycamore.  There are several private and parochial schools, as well.
Elected Officials Step Up for Communities, Discovery Begins 

Thank you to all of you who reaching out to your local elected officials about Duke’s proposed pipeline.  They have heard concerns about protecting families, homes, businesses and the nature of communities.  Local government leaders are standing up to Duke to defend our way of life! 

Leaders from Amberley, Blue Ash, Cincinnati, Columbia Township, Deer Park, Evendale, Golf Manor, Hamilton County, Madeira, Reading and Sycamore Township have all begun legal intervention to ensure Duke’s actions are in the best interest of the people they serve.  Recall, under the leadership of PG Sittenfeld and Todd Portune, and in partnership with NOPE, a Municipal Legal Coalition was formed to collaborate, exchange information and share costs where possible.

Attorneys for the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County have sent the first set of discovery documents to Duke and the Ohio Power Siting Board.  It is clear from reviewing the discovery documents, that we have some very smart people working on our behalf! 

There are challenging questions about the need for the pipeline, Duke’s decision making process and criteria, as well as requests for specific data related to the project, including safety records.

1. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  It is absolutely critical that everyone from all of the communities affected by the pipeline participates in Open Public Hearing with the Ohio Power Siting Board.  The hearing will be on Thursday, June 15th from 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM at UC Blue Ash.  (Watch for more details!)

2. PLEASE HELP GET THE WORD OUT TO VULNERABLE FACILITIES.  Review the list of vulnerable properties along the preferred and alternate pipeline routes.  Reach out to everyone you know who frequents any of the vulnerable properties.  Share information about the "burn zone" and safety issues.  Use opportunities like PTA meetings, children's sports events (many sports fields are vulnerable) and communicating through your places of worship (21 located in the "burn zone").

Encourage people to join NOPE, write the OPSB and attend the hearing on June 15th. Please use your social media channels.  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are some of the best ways to quickly get information to a lot of people.

 We need funds to continue legal opposition of the pipeline.  Online contributions can be made through NOPE's Go Fund Me 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.
Watch for mail from Duke
If you are located on Duke's preferred or alternate route, you might be getting a letter in the mail from Duke. The letter will include "Important pipeline information" above the address window. HERE IS THE LETTER which provides information about the upcoming Open Public Hearing, as well as the Ohio Power Siting Board decision making process.  While anyone can attend the Open Public Hearing, only property owners from whom Duke needs an easement are required to receive information about the meeting.
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