What is the Duke pipeline?
Officially called the Central Corridor Gas Pipeline Extension Project, this is a high-pressure natural gas transmission line, 20 inches in diameter, that runs between Norwood and Mason. Duke is hoping to build it next year, and has filed an application with the Ohio Power Siting Board now.
How is this different from a regular gas line?
The gas lines that serve individual homes are typically just a few inches in diameter and do not operate at high pressures. A transmission line moves large quantities of natural gas across long distances at high pressures.
Why should we be concerned?
Building this pipeline is a major undertaking, requiring at least a 30-foot clearing on either side of the pipeline to bury it underground. Trees, natural habitats, roads and even people’s property may be unnecessarily destroyed in order to lay this pipeline.
The potential for safety hazards is much higher for high pressure pipelines, particularly in densely populated areas. The San Bruno pipeline explosion in 2010, and the 2016 explosion near Pittsburgh, are examples of how high-pressure transmission lines can lead to serious injury and death. It is shocking that Duke now wants to run one of these pipelines through residential areas, next to schools and daycare centers, through parks and green spaces and in some cases, right outside the front door of people’s homes. No pipeline of this size and pressure currently exists in the area where Duke intends to build.
Where exactly will the pipeline be located?
Duke has proposed two routes, both of which run through Blue Ash. Other affected areas include Evendale, Madeira, Kenwood, Sycamore Township, Amberley, and Reading. To learn more about the proposed routes, click here.
Why has Duke proposed this project?
Duke claims that it is trying to serve the area, and that this project will allow the company to retire propane-powered “peak shaving” facilities that provide extra energy during peak demand. Based upon NOPE’s analysis, the “peak shaving” facilities can be repaired or replaced for far less money than the cost of this $100 million pipeline. Additionally, the proposed project would supply far more gas than is necessary to meet current and forecasted demand.
Therefore, this pipeline is unnecessary, irresponsible and not in the best interest of our communities.
NOPE’s objective is to ensure that if new natural gas infrastructure is necessary for our area, that it be handled safely and responsibly.
Who ultimately approves this project?
The final decision rests with the Ohio Power Siting Board, which is part of the state’s Public Utilities Commission. The board staff will review Duke’s application, and make recommendations to the Board members, which will also conduct a public hearing.
What can I do about it?
- Write a letter of opposition to the Ohio Power Siting Board. The more feedback they get, the better chance we have of deterring Duke’s plans. More details here.
- You can also contact Duke Energy at CentCorridorPipeline@duke-energy.com. They will answer some questions, and must also summarize residents’ concerns in their application to the Ohio Power Siting board.
- Contact your local, state, and federal government officials and ask them to get involved.
- Finally, join NOPE! We need help alerting the community and raising opposition to this unprecedented pipeline project, and would love to have your input and support.