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NOPE STATEMENT ON DUKE ENERGY’S MODIFIED PIPELINE PROPOSAL:
NOPE still opposes Duke Energy’s Central Corridor Pipeline Extension Project. While Duke has reduced the diameter and apparent operating pressure of the pipeline, the result is still a high-pressure transmission line—with a large potential blast zone–running through densely-populated neighborhoods.
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The new plan raises numerous specific concerns. Here are some of them:
- A 20-inch, 400 PSI pipeline creates a blast zone of 912 feet on either side of the pipeline. Both proposed routes run directly in front of homes, schools, day care centers, businesses, and places of worship, putting them in harm’s way.
- In addition to the proposed line, Duke now intends to “upgrade” an existing 20-inch pipeline in the area that currently operates at 150 PSI. The company has not said when this upgrade will occur or at what pressure this line will eventually operate. We fear it may become just another way to send large quantities of natural gas through our communities.
- While Duke’s desire is to retire aging propane-powered peak shaving plants, it’s unclear why upgraded facilities or a more limited pipeline project would not be sufficient to meet peak demand. Aside from a vaguely-described desire to balance natural gas supply, Duke has not explained why running significantly more natural gas through the area outweighs the safety, environmental, and economic concerns of the residents who live here.
- This is only one of five major natural gas projects that Duke is planning for the area, which includes surrounding counties and northern Kentucky. Despite earlier promises, the company has not publicly described the four remaining projects as part of its application. We’re still not convinced that Duke doesn’t have a larger, undisclosed plan in the works for all of this new natural gas.
Compounding these concerns is the fact that Duke no longer wishes to engage with the community on this matter. As part of its application to the Ohio Power Siting Board, the company has requested a pass on holding any more public informational meetings or delivering any more public notices. Regardless of Duke’s legal obligations, the company’s unwillingness to hear from the community despite significant design changes is inexcusable.
NOPE has every intention of intervening in this case with the Ohio Power Siting Board, and will serve as a resource to any local governments that plan to do the same.
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