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Duke’s High Pressure Pipeline Should Not Be Built Through Densely Populated Communities

Duke’s Central Corridor Pipeline: Unnecessary, irresponsible, and not for us.

Duke Energy wants to run a massive natural gas transmission pipeline, called the Central Corridor Pipeline Extension, directly through our neighborhoods. This pipeline is not necessary to serve the area’s energy needs, yet Duke expects us to shoulder the costs, safety risks, economic burdens, and environmental destruction. NOPE has been leading the charge against Duke’s plans for nearly three years.

Find out if you’re in the danger zone with NOPE’s pipeline mapping tool.

Duke pipeline: What it is and why to oppose it

Compared to the the gas distribution lines that supply natural gas to homes, Duke’s transmission line is much larger, and operates under significantly higher pressure to move lots of gas over long distances. This creates several risks:

Safety: With a 20-inch diameter, high-pressure pipeline, anyone within 900 feet on either side faces serious injury or death from an explosion. Duke’s proposed pipeline routes run directly in front of homes, schools, businesses, and places of worship, putting thousands of residents at risk. Pipeline explosions around the country have proven that even the most well-designed transmission lines aren’t immune to accidents, negligence, and weak oversight.

Environment: Duke requires up to 80 feet of clearance to construct the pipeline, meaning it may need to dig up entire yards and remove trees. Even after the pipeline is in place, Duke requires 30 feet of permanent clearance. Your home and neighborhood may be permanently transformed by this demolition.

Costs: To pay for the pipeline, Duke will raise energy bills in an area that already pays the highest rates in the state for natural gas. Meanwhile, the construction process will disrupt local businesses and may affect home values. Municipalities may even have to increase spending to prepare their police and fire departments for a pipeline emergency.

Doesn’t it have to go somewhere?

Despite Duke’s insistence, this pipeline far exceeds what’s necessary to supply greater Cincinnati and Hamilton County with natural gas. The company already has viable ways to serve the area’s energy needs, and the area’s population is declining with stagnant projections for natural gas use. Even Duke’s own model for how much gas we need is excessive according to third-party analysis. This pipeline might be nice to have for Duke, but it’s overkill for us.

What is NOPE?

Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Extension is a grassroots, community organization whose mission is to ensure that any natural gas infrastructure in the area is safe, responsible, and necessary for the communities it affects. Since 2016, NOPE has been fighting this pipeline on many fronts. We’ve knocked on doors, organized letter-writing campaigns, talked to the press, worked with local leaders, and held Town Hall meetings for hundreds of concerned residents. The result has been a significant public outcry against this project, not just from residents, but from businesses and elected officials. We have also tirelessly researched this pipeline and are prepared to oppose it with legal arguments at the state level.

What you can do

Write letters: Even if you’ve already written to the Ohio Power Siting Board, it’s important to let the board know that our opposition hasn’t wavered. Email the OPSB at [email protected] and reference case number 16-0253-GA-BTX. You can also contact your state representative and the press to let them know you care about this issue.

Tell your neighbors: If your neighbors are still in the dark about the pipeline, refer them to this website or give them a flyer so they can learn more.

Get involved: NOPE is always looking for residents to help with outreach, research, and ideas. If you’d like to have an active role in opposing the pipeline, please reach out.

Donate to NOPE: While NOPE is a volunteer effort, we’ve retained legal counsel and hired experts to argue against the pipeline before the Ohio Power Siting Board. Your donations will fund this legal effort along with our outreach campaigns. Click here to donate online, or get in touch about mailing a check.

What’s next

Although Duke and the Ohio Power Siting Board have delayed the project several times, the application process is still underway. Duke has proposed two routes for the pipeline–one labeled Green, the other labeled Orange–and has asked the Ohio Power Siting Board to approve one of them. While the OPSB staff has recommended that the board approve the Green route, both routes remain on the table and the board may still select either one. Use NOPE’s mapping tool to view the proposed routes and find out if you’re in the danger zone.

March 13, 6:30 p.m.: NOPE will hold another Town Hall meeting at the Evendale Recreation Center (10500 Reading Road, 45241) where you can hear the latest updates and get your questions answered.

March 21 at 3 p.m.: The Ohio Power Siting Board will hold a second public hearing at University of Cincinnati Blue Ash (9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash, OH, 45236). Anyone can attend, and we encourage all affected residents to testify. Duke Energy did not want this hearing to happen; make it count by coming out to show your opposition.

April 9: The Ohio Power Siting Board will hold an adjudicatory hearing in Columbus where NOPE and other parties will make their case against the pipeline. The hearing is open to the public, but only formal intervenors represented by legal counsel may testify. We encourage residents to attend, and will have more details to share soon. The board will make a decision several weeks after the hearing.