Category Archives: Central Corridor Pipeline

Who is Committed to Opposing Dukes Pipeline – Golf Manor?

GOLF MANOR

Opposes Duke’s Pipeline

Supports Intervention Coalition

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Matthew K. Boettcher 

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Sharon Chaney

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Lou Marx 

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Stefan Dinsmore

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In addition to the local safety issues, I oppose the pipeline due to concerns that this new delivery system will increase investment in fracking in northern Ohio and the danger that poses to our aquifers.

Greg Schwartzberg (Vice Mayor)

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In addition to the local safety issues, I oppose the pipeline due to concerns that this new delivery system will increase investment in fracking in northern Ohio and the danger that poses to our aquifers.

How to Use This Information

  1. Consider this information when making your voting decisions.  NOPE  does not endorse specific candidates.  However, we encourage everyone to be informed about where candidates stand on issues that are important to them and to vote accordingly. 
  2. Help us fill in the missing information! Ask your elected officials and candidates to respond to NOPE’s questions about their position on Duke’s pipeline, if they have not done so.  CLICK HERE for the questionnaire or copy this URL into your browser:  https://goo.gl/forms/67wnq0A5lrsGy9Xh2.  It will take 2-3 minutes to complete.
  3. Hold your officials accountable to the positions they have taken on the pipeline, in the future.
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NOTE: The red question mark symbol indicates that we have not had a response from this official/candidate.   We will update the information when we receive their response, so encourage officials and candidates in your community to add their responses to our survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/67wnq0A5lrsGy9Xh2

 

Who is Committed to Opposing Dukes Pipeline – Sycamore Township?

Sycamore Township

Opposes Duke’s Pipeline

Supports Intervention Coalition

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Cliff W. Bishop 

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Sycamore Township has been fully engaged in opposition to this.

Denny Connor 

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Sycamore Township has been vocal and consistent in its opposition to all three proposed routes, all of which would affect our residents and businesses negatively.

Jim LaBarbara

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Tom Weidman 

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The Sycamore Township Trustees were one of the first elected officials to announce that we were gooing to intervene in opposition to the Duke high pressure pipeline. As you probably know, regardless of the path that is chosen, Sycamore Township has the pipe going through their community. WE ARE OPPOSED TO ALL OF THE PATHS PRESENTED. WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT IN OPPOSITION TO ALL PROPOSED PATHS.

How to Use This Information

  1. Consider this information when making your voting decisions.  NOPE  does not endorse specific candidates.  However, we encourage everyone to be informed about where candidates stand on issues that are important to them and to vote accordingly. 
  2. Ask your elected officials and candidates to respond to NOPE’s questions about their position on Duke’s pipeline, if they have not done so.  CLICK HERE for the questionnaire or copy this URL into your browser:  https://goo.gl/forms/67wnq0A5lrsGy9Xh2.  It will take 2-3 minutes to complete.
  3. Hold your officials accountable to the positions they have taken on the pipeline, in the future.
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NOTE: The red question mark symbol indicates that we have not had a response from this official/candidate.   We will update the information when we receive their response, so encourage officials and candidates in your community to add their responses to our survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/67wnq0A5lrsGy9Xh2

Who is Committed to Opposing Dukes Pipeline – Columbia Township?

Columbia Township

Opposes Duke’s Pipeline

Supports Intervention Coalition

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Susan Hughes 

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I supported Columbia Township’s stance to intervene and will see it through with my continued opposition to the pipeline expansion

Carl Jones

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David J. Kubicki 

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How to Use This Information

  1. Consider this information when making your voting decisions.  NOPE  does not endorse specific candidates.  However, we encourage everyone to be informed about where candidates stand on issues that are important to them and to vote accordingly. 
  2. Ask your elected officials and candidates to respond to NOPE’s questions about their position on Duke’s pipeline, if they have not done so.  CLICK HERE for the questionnaire or copy this URL into your browser:  https://goo.gl/forms/67wnq0A5lrsGy9Xh2.  It will take 2-3 minutes to complete.
  3. Hold your officials accountable to the positions they have taken on the pipeline, in the future.
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NOTE: The red question mark symbol indicates that we have not had a response from this official/candidate.   We will update the information when we receive their response, so encourage officials and candidates in your community to add their responses to our survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/67wnq0A5lrsGy9Xh2

Who is Committed to Opposing Dukes Pipeline – Reading?

READING

Opposes Duke’s Pipeline

Supports Intervention Coalition

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Cris Nesbitt (Council President) 

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Robert Ashbrock (Council at Large)

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Randolph Fischesser  (Council at Large)

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Donald H. Lindeman (Council at Large)

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I HAVE Opposed the Pipeline from the very start and will continue to do so. I along with several Reading Officials have attended almost all of the NOPE sponsored meetings and those hearings put on by Duke. I will forward any additional information provided by your group. Thank You !!

Connie Smith (Council at Large)

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Tim Cox (Ward 1)

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Anthony J. Gertz (Ward 2)

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Tom Lynd (Ward 3)

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Dennis E. Albrinck (Ward 4)

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How to Use This Information

  1. Consider this information when making your voting decisions.  NOPE  does not endorse specific candidates.  However, we encourage everyone to be informed about where candidates stand on issues that are important to them and to vote accordingly. 
  2. Ask your elected officials and candidates to respond to NOPE’s questions about their position on Duke’s pipeline, if they have not done so.  CLICK HERE for the questionnaire or copy this URL into your browser:  https://goo.gl/forms/67wnq0A5lrsGy9Xh2.  It will take 2-3 minutes to complete.
  3. Hold your officials accountable to the positions they have taken on the pipeline, in the future.
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NOTE: The red question mark symbol indicates that we have not had a response from this official/candidate.   We will update the information when we receive their response, so encourage officials and candidates in your community to add their responses to our survey:  https://goo.gl/forms/67wnq0A5lrsGy9Xh2

Call Before You Dig – good idea but not enough

In case you missed it, last Friday was National “Call Before You Dig” Day.  Many utility companies, including Duke, used this as an opportunity to remind people to call 811 forty-eight hours before beginning any kind of excavation work.  The goal of the 811 “call Before You Dig” program  is to help people avoid damaging underground utilities, including natural gas lines, during digging activities.  If you call 811, the local utility company or one of their contractors will come out and mark the location of underground utilities within 48 hours.

While we wholeheartedly encourage effective programs that reduce the risk of an accidental pipeline rupture, results from a recent study published by the Common Ground Alliance are disappointing.  Not only is 3rd party damage to natural gas pipelines increasing, most of these accidents were not caused by a failure to provide notice.

According to a 2016 report, in Ohio, the number of incidents caused by digging or excavation damage is growing.  Specifically, in 2016 there were 4,756 reported cases of 3rd party damage to natural gas pipelines compared to 3,482 in 2015 — an increase of 36%.  (Common Ground Alliance 2016 DIRT Report

Most of these incidents were caused by were caused by insufficient practices in excavation (46%) or location (30%), rather than failure to call before digging.   Nineteen percent were caused by failure to notify 811.  

While Duke cannot control contractor excavation practices, they can impact the location of new pipeline infrastructure.  Duke should not knowingly put high-pressure pipelines in densely populated areas when there are significant gaps in safety mechanisms.

In the interest of transparency and public safety, Duke should conduct a complete risk assessment and share this with our local municipalities.   If Duke does not do this voluntarily, the Ohio Power Siting Board should insist upon it.

Cause of Natural Gas Pipeline 3rd Party Damage - OH 2016

NOPE Town Hall Downloadable Materials

Personalized Pipeline Opposition Template for Businesses, Organizations and Individuals

Download and fill in your own personalized pipeline opposition letters.

Guidelines for Outreach Letters & Maps

  • Feel free to personalize your letter, but please retain wording on the key information.  We make every effort to remain consistent in our language when communicating with the public.
  • Once you have personalized and sent your letter, please send a copy to reasonert@yahoo.com by either copying and pasting it into an email or sending as an attachment.  This will help us track where the letters have been sent, and lets us know who still needs to be reached.

Use our mapping tool to help businesses, organizations and individuals determine whether they are vulnerable to Duke’s pipeline in the event of a disaster.

How to Personalize Letter Template and Map

  • When the area map comes up on your screen, click the PrintScreen [PrtScr] button on your keyboard (usually upper right on the function row):

  • Paste into the end of your letter by placing the cursor below the last line of the letter, then right click and select “Paste.”

 

  • Your map can be sized to the document by clicking on the image.  Corners can be clicked and  dragged to enlarge or reduce the map size:

Questions?  Feel free to contact Tammy Reasoner at reasonert@yahoo.com, and I’ll be happy to walk you through the process!

Not Junk Mail: Watch for Duke’s Settlement Checks

IMPORTANT! If you live in Hamilton County, look for a plain white 4″ X 6″ piece of mail like the one pictured above.

In the upper left-hand corner, in tiny print, the return addressee is “Williams v. Duke Energy.” Don’t throw this envelope away!  It contains a settlement check from Duke. The people we have spoken with have received checks for roughly $140, although the amount may vary.

Why is Duke issuing checks to customers?

Duke is sending settlement money to customers as a result of the class action lawsuit —  Williams et al vs. Duke Energy Class Action Suit.  In that suit, it was alleged that Duke Energy Ohio violated federal racketeering and antitrust laws, as well as state racketeering and common law claims.   Duke denies these allegations, and maintains that they did not engage in any wrongdoing.  Duke agreed to pay an $81 million settlement.  For more details, see http://dukeclassaction.com/.

I received my check.  Now what should I do?

Of course, you can cash the check and spend the money in any way you like.

But in light of Duke’s plan to run a high-pressure natural gas pipeline straight through densely-populated areas, please consider allocating your settlement check to NOPE.

Send Duke a Message…

We do not believe a pipeline of this size and scale belongs in any of our densely populated residential areas.  If an accident were to occur, the consequences could be devastating. NOPE is working to make sure that does not happen!

Your settlement check would not only support our legal efforts but could also send an important message to Duke: Invest in keeping our families and communities safe.

HERE is how you can assign your settlement money from Duke to support the work of NOPECincy

 

Send Duke a Message – Settlement Checks Speak Louder than Words

Many Duke Customers will receive legal settlement checks in the coming weeks. If you have received a check, please consider donating these funds to NOPECincy’s pipeline opposition efforts.

For almost a year, we have told Duke that this pipeline does not belong in densely populated residential areas.  Citizens like you have communicated concerns through thousands of letters and petitions, phone calls and in-person meetings. Elected officials, local governments, employers, religious leaders and your friends and neighbors have heard you and share your concerns.  Unfortunately,

 Duke does not seem to be responding to concerns of the people they are supposed to be serving.

Make your concerns and objections LOUDER.  Leverage your financial support, in a way that will make Duke take notice.  Use Duke’s settlement checks to help support NOPE’s pipeline opposition intervention case.  

Our goal is to raise $50,000 for legal fees, expert witnesses and continuing to and advocate for all of our communities and citizens impacted by the pipeline. Thanks to your contributions, we are about halfway to our goal.

According to dukeclassaction.com, the Residential Settlement Fund could be as much as $25 million dollars.  All we need is 0.5 percent of those funds to reach our $50,000 goal.  Residential customers are expected to receive $40-$400. Several residents we spoke with received $140.87.  If 200 people signed over their settlement checks to NOPE’s opposition fund, we could meet our goal.  Please be one of them!

What you need to do:

  1. Watch for the check in the mail. It may be easy for you to miss, as several people have commented that it looks like junk mail.  HERE is what it looks like.

  2. Endorse the check by signing the back and adding “pay to the order of NOPE, LLC”.  HERE is an example. 

  3. Mail to: NOPECiny.org, c/o Glenn Rosen, Treasurer, 9228 Bluewing Terrace,  Blue Ash, OH  45236   OR  If you’d prefer to make a donation via credit card, or to learn more, visit NOPECincy’s GoFundMe page