Category Archives: Central Corridor Pipeline

Our First Win with the Ohio Power Siting Board!

Thanks to the many members of the NOPE Community who wrote letters to the Ohio Power Siting Board, asking them to deny Duke’s request to waive formal notification and the required information meeting.  Your voices combined with the petition by NOPE’s legal counsel were effective!  Duke’s waiver request was denied.  Duke will hold an informational hearing (schedule TBD) similar in nature to the one held on June 15, 2016 at Cooper Creek in Blue Ash. Duke will be required to address the need for the project, the project schedule, the design of the facility and other pertinent data. This gives the community another opportunity to ask questions and have our collective voices heard.

The executive director for the OPSB stated the reason for requiring another informational hearing was that there were substantial changes to the application due to route adjustments in several locations for both the Preferred and Alternate routes that, in part, impact properties not previously impacted by the proposed routes, the decrease in pipe diameter by 33 percent (from 30 inches to 20 inches), and the decrease in pipeline pressure by 33 percent. This decision was upheld by the Administrative Law Judge, who further stated that until an informational meeting is held the time requirement for the OPSB to review Duke’s application is suspended. The time calculation for review will start up from the point it was suspended after the meeting takes place.

What you should do now:

Support NOPE through financial contributions.   NOPE has established a GoFundMe account in which to raise funds to continue its fight for all communities. We need your help.    You can either do so on-line or mail a check to: NOPEc/o Glenn Rosen, Treasurer 9228 Bluewing Ter, Blue Ash, OH  45236.  If you know of any businesses willing to donate please contact them. Donations are NOT tax deductible.

Volunteer to help.   We need people to help make a difference.  There are many interesting and flexible opportunities to contribute to the success of NOPE!  Please sign up now!

NOPE!Cincy Engages Legal Council to Represent Community Interests

Meet Nathan Alley

One of the most rewarding aspects of being involved with NOPE! is the opportunity to meet a diverse group of passionate, bright people who are dedicated to protecting and serving all of our communities.  In September 2016, we were introduced to Nathan Alley at a Miami Valley Sierra Club presentation.  Nathan has spent years practicing public interest and environmental law.  He is part of a cause-based legal firm called Fair Shake.  Nathan and his colleagues at Fair Shake represent modest means clients.  They have a unique business model focused on empowering communities, defending environmental justice and developing capabilities in other attorneys in environmental stewardship and justice.

Nathan Alley is from Ohio.  His commitment to environmental justice and stewardship is evident throughout out his career.  Nathan has a B.A. in Journalism and Religious Studies from Indiana University and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.   He has more than a decade of experience working on issues involving oil/gas drilling and fracking, protecting water quality and agricultural lands.  Nathan has contributed to numerous law journals, periodicals and trade publications, and he is a regular presenter on topics such as land use, oil and gas development, air and water law, public participation and nonprofit advocacy.

He recently moved back to Greater Cincinnati to defend his own family’s multi-generational farm from suburban development.  NOPE! is very fortunate to have Nathan as a passionate advocate for our cause and environmental justice legal expert for our intervention case.

What you should do now:

Support NOPE through financial contributions.   NOPE has established a GoFundMe account in which to raise funds to continue its fight for all communities. We need your help.    You can either do so on-line or mail a check to: NOPEc/o Glenn Rosen, Treasurer 9228 Bluewing Ter, Blue Ash, OH  45236.  If you know of any businesses willing to donate please contact them. Donations are NOT tax deductible.

Volunteer to help.   We need people to help make a difference.  There are many interesting and flexible opportunities to contribute to the success of NOPE!  Please sign up now!

Will Duke Meet September 13th Application Deadline?

Duke continues their plans to pursue a transmission line through densely populated residential areas.  Here is what is happening:

September 13th is the due date for Duke’s Formal Application with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB).  It is unclear whether Duke intends to meet that deadline or make minor adjustments to their proposed routes, buying them extra time to file. Perhaps Duke is waiting to see if public outcry over the pipeline has diminished before they decide to file or delay.

One thing that is clear is that there has been no indication that Duke plans to locate the pipeline outside of densely populated residential areas.  Despite what they might want you to believe, the pipeline is still a very active project for Duke.  Here is what Duke of Ohio CEO Jim Henning and other Duke representatives have been working on these past few weeks:

  • Holding private individualized meetings with elected officials from affected municipalities
  • Still poking around people’s property on the original routes to survey and take soil samples
  • Conducting phone push polls with loaded questions to gauge public opinion on the project
  • Being totally evasive when directly asked by elected officials if they are looking at starting over on route placement.

From what we have heard so far, Duke likely will make minor modifications to their design and routing plans.  We do not expect it to be relocated to less populated areas.  Duke may even offer up a smaller, although still unacceptable, transmission line.  (Perhaps this was their plan all along?  Make it look like they are being responsive to public outcry?)

Duke would probably like to continue with plans to file their formal application by September 13th.   Negative responses from leaders and citizens could influence a delay.

What you can do to help:

  1. Check out this amazing new letter generator on the NOPE website! You fill in the blanks; it sends up to 15 copies of your letter to key officials on your behalf!
    Remember, the more letters we can submit before Duke’s deadline, the better our chance of making a difference!  Enter your address, choose which of your elected officials you want to send your message to, create a custom message and hit “send”.
  2. Sign this petition to enact legislation to keep natural gas transmission lines at least 1mile away from Ohio schools.
  3. Participate in our #NOPEtoDuke Twitter Campaign.  Send a tweet every day.  Let’s see if we can get our message to more officials and private citizens.

Easy Guide – Reaching Out to Local Businesses

Blue Ash Team Shares Documents and Tips for Business Outreach

Many local businesses across Hamilton County are not aware of the Central Corridor Pipeline and its potential impact on their customers and operations.  NOPE! Blue Ash Business Outreach Team members Sue Baldwin, Roxanne Brett, Joanne Gerson, Seth Myers and Wendy Schuler have made the task of engaging with local businesses easier.  Here is their handy tip sheet and documents, ready for you to download and edit for your own community.  Check it out:

What Works – Sue Baldwin and Wendy Schuler’s Approach to Business Outreach

Business Outreach Letter – Business and Property Owners

Business and Outreach Letter – Business Owner Only

Letter to Ohio Power Siting Board – Work in Blue Ash

Letter to Ohio Power Siting Board – General



Duke Delays Formal Application — Now What?

On June 29th Duke put the brakes on its Central Corridor Pipeline extension proposal, as it tries to find “the best possible route”.    While they are not filing a formal application with the Ohio Power Siting Board until the end of summer, we fear our concerns still aren’t being heard.

Media reports suggest that Duke is not considering major route changes to less densely-populated areas.  We believe the company will only make minor changes, if any, and is waiting for the furor to die down.  Duke is contacting some municipal leaders in an attempt to smooth some ruffled feathers.  We are not privy to behind the scenes negotiations taking place, if in fact there are any.

It is essential that we continue keep the pressure on Duke and State/Local leaders who are not committed to keeping this pipeline out of densely populated areas.  Unless they choose to employ another delay tactic, Duke must file their formal application by September 15th.

When Duke files their Formal Application, a new phase in the pipeline approval process begins.  During the Formal Application Phase, OPSB continues to accept public feedback on the pipeline.  This feedback is combined with testimony from public hearings, later in the application process.



Amplify Your Message with the NOPE! Cincy Stakeholder Contact Tool!

Now you can send your message of opposition to Duke Energy’s Central Corridor to many elected officials in just three steps! NOPE! Cincy’s Stakeholder Contact Tool allows you to email Duke Energy, your state, county and city elected officials with a single form.

1 – Go to the Stakeholder Contact Form

To start go to our Contact Key Stakeholders page and scroll down to the “NOPE! Cincy Stakeholder Contact Form”


2 – Enter Your Address

Next, enter your address and click on ‘Find Stakeholders’. Make sure you select the city or township you live in, rather than just entering Cincinnati. This ensures you will contact the correct city officials.


3 – Enter Your Contact Info

Finally, fill out your contact info. We’ll share your message with all the elected officials, so please be personal and compelling. Once you click ‘Contact Stakeholders’, we’ll share your message with every elected official in your area on our list!


It’s that easy! In less than five minutes, you can contact 15+ elected officials to express your opposition to the Pipeline! If you have any questions, notice we’re missing any contact information or have any corrections, leave a comment below or contact us.

Bonus: Full Contact Info

If you want to do even more, you can scroll down and get the contact info for each elected official. For most, we have phone numbers, mailing addresses and even twitter handles. If you click on the ‘Tweet To’ buttons, we’ll even start you off with a message to call on the official to oppose the Pipeline!


Featured Image Credits -“140822” (CC BY 2.0) by  tamakisono

Pipelines near our schools are a burning issue

When our children get on the bus in the morning, are we sending them to a safe place?

updated 5.2.2017

Have you ever heard of a School Safety Zone?  It is like a protective layer around schools (and daycare centers), designed to keep dangers away from our children.  In the State of Ohio, the School Safety Zone is 1,000 feet.  Registered sex offenders are not allowed within 1,000 feet of your child’s school.  Also, it is a felony offense to possess dangerous weapons or sell illegal drugs in the School Safety Zone in our state.

However, you may be surprised to learn that there are no laws to keep dangerous hazards like Duke’s huge expressway for natural gas away from the very place that should be safe for every child in Ohio — school.    When it comes to gas pipelines, there is NO School Safety Zone, but there should be…

That’s because if your child’s school is less than 1/4 mile away from Duke’s proposed transmission line, they are vulnerable to serious harm if there should be a pipeline failure*. When a high pressure pipeline ignites, there are flashes of heat that are unbelievably intense.  For a 20″, 500 psi pipeline, anyone within 1020 feet of the explosion is in peril of becoming severely burned, simply from the heat radiating off of the explosion.

Even with safety precautions in place, pipelines can and do fail.  Backhoes, weld failures and even Mother Nature compromise pipelines, every year.  If a failure were to happen along Duke’s transmission line, the consequences would be catastrophic and devastating.

There are over 25 schools and daycare centers within the dangerous burn zone along the preferred and alternate routes.  

What you need to do NOW:


  1. Contact families you know with children in the schools and daycare centers listed on the preferred and alternate pipeline routes.  Make them aware of this dangerous safety hazard.
  2. Contact the schools and daycare centers to make sure they are aware of the pipeline.  Ask them to send letters to parents so they can communicate with their government leaders.
  3. Communicate with Governor Kasich, State Senator Bill Seitz and the Ohio Power Siting Board to let them know a pipeline this close to our children’s schools is not acceptable.
  4. Contact Duke Energy about putting a pipeline of this size next to our schools and daycare centers.
*According to Pipeline Association for Public Awareness

Writing a letter to the OPSB or political leaders? Consider telling your story.

“People are not inspired to act by reason alone.”    – Robert McKee, Harvard Business Review

Stories let you connect with your audience on an emotional level. They help you convey key information in a way that will be remembered and help you persuade your audience to take action. This holds true for both spoken and written stories as well as the stories you want to tell with data.

Here is an example of how a NOPE! member wrote a letter using the story of her family owned small business to communicate with the OPSB.

This amazing letter engages the reader and encourages empathy.  It humanizes an issue that to date tends to be viewed in monetary terms, rather than personal costs.

If you are personally impacted by the proposed pipeline, why not tell your story to the Ohio Power Siting Board and other leaders.

Who Opposes the Duke Pipeline? Not Just Neighbors!

Duke Energy’s Central Corridor Pipeline Extension doesn’t just affect residential property owners. It also passes in front of schools, businesses, major development properties, community organizations, and places of worship–none of whom Duke consulted before drawing up its plans.

Many of these groups now stand opposed to the pipeline. Here’s a sampling of what they’ve written in letters to the Ohio Power Siting Board:

Neyer is leading the redevelopment of the former Blue Ash Airport into Summit Park, a project that covers 108 acres. President and CEO Molly North writes:

“Each of the proposed routes will have a devastating impact on existing properties and future development in areas adjacent to this transmission line … We certainly understand the need for Duke Energy to be able to safely transmit natural gas to the region. However, placing a large, high pressure natural gas main in such close proximity to highly populated areas including existing homes, businesses and schools and the potential negative economic impact on future development to the region, must be reconsidered under the best interests for the well-being and safety of those communities and the people that Duke Energy serves.”

UC Blue Ash Dean Cady Short-Thompson and Associate Vice President Mary Beth McGrew:

“We have conducted a thorough review of the plans and believe that these proposed routes could cause significant ecological damage to university property and, more importantly, would create a potential safety hazard for everyone on or near the UC Blue Ash campus. There would be the risk of a gas leak or explosion that could impact the 5,000 students who attend the college and the 500-plus students at Blue Ash Elementary, as well as faculty, staff, and local residents … Along with the safety risks already noted, there could be extensive ecological damage to the university woodlot and riparian corridors that could take decades to repair.”

Steven Segerman, Vice President of real estate property developer Hills Properties:

“The exhibits that I’ve viewed and the information that I’ve poured through have led me to the opinion that our commercial properties would be adversely affected from both a safety as well as economic standpoint. The work that would take place on the various properties that our company owns and manages would be detrimental to the property and potentially cause irreparable damage economically to the property. In addition, we have great concerns for the short and long term safety of the tenants as well as the assets.”

Along the Green Route, the pipeline would harm several major redevelopment efforts, as documented by the City of Reading:

“[T]he route going south on Third Street … is an Ohio Department of Development ‘Jobs Ready Site’ location in which over two million dollars of State funds and one million of local match has been invested in this area for development to bring high paying life science industry jobs. The Pipeline would make redeveloping this location impossible. Many millions of dollars of capital investments and millions of dollars of wages would be lost, most likely to another state on the east coast.”

More from the City of Reading:

“This is not something Duke would be aware of, but there is land privately owned by one of our ten largest employers who is discussing with the City building a brand new manufacturing building on the land that the Green Route goes directly through. This building would bring tens of thousands of new revenue to the City, County, and State … As you head south from this location, the pipeline goes through the former Dow Chemical Plant (2000 West Street) which is under new ownership. The new owners are in the midst of redeveloping this site to bring new development. The pipeline would hinder the owner’s ability to make this a great redevelopment site which would harm not only the City of Reading, but the State.”

Marc Fisher, CEO of Mayerson JCC:

“Based on the information we have gathered, installing the pipeline along this route would result in placing our members and community at constant unnecessary risk above that which we already feel on a daily basis from those that wish to do harm to the Jewish Community.

“Finally, since our facility is among other educational, religious institutions and homes along the suggested route, we urge that none of the current proposals be chosen. Please find a safer alternative in more sparsely populated areas to protect lives, homes and schools.”

Frank Forsthoefel, Superintendent of Sycamore Schools:

“As a resident of Sycamore Community Schools myself, and a parent who has a student at Sycamore High School, I fully understand the need to provide the region with an ample supply of natural gas. However, placing a natural gas line in such close proximity to any one, if not several of our schools, poses a daily safety concern for my students.”

Rabbi Sigma Faye Coran of Rockdale Temple:

“The pink route proposed for the pipeline would run right in front of our building (and pass by several other synagogues). We cannot risk having our members and visitors exposed to explosions, environmental dangers, and the particular and significant risk that a Jewish institution abutting a gas pipeline would present. Finally, our community is safety conscious as we understand that this facility might be a target for terror. I would hope that the Siting Board would understand the significant risk to the Jewish community (and the many other visitors to our campus) that the pipeline would pose. It bears remembering that Rockdale Temple is named so because the congregation (K.K. Bene Israel) was once located on Rockdale at Harvey Avenue. That building was fire-bombed in 1970.”

Rabbi Yisroel Mangel, Executive Director, Chabad Jewish Center:

“Our synagogue is attended by a population ranging from infants, toddlers and children to teens, adults and seniors. We cannot risk having them exposed to explosions, environmental dangers, and the particular and significant risk that a Jewish institution abutting a gas pipeline would present. In today’s day and age, terror elements could  very possibly relish the opportunity for havoc and destruction that this would provide.”

Christopher Garten, Head of School at Seven Hills School:

“Based on the information we have gathered, installing the pipeline along this route would result in placing our students and faculty at constant unnecessary risk.

“Finally, since our School is among many other educational institutions and homes along the suggested routes, we urge that none of the current proposals be chosen. Please find a safer alternative in more sparsely populated areas to protect lives, homes and schools.”

Do you represent a business, school district, or community organization? Would you like to learn more about the pipeline or have your opposition highlighted? Please get in touch through our contact form or by email at [email protected].

Todd Portune recognizes NOPE!’s efforts as “one of the greatest citizen uprisings against bad decision making…”

We are humbled by the recognition given to NOPE! by Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune.  Commissioner Portune, who has been an unfailing NOPE! supporter from the first, describes our work as “one of the greatest citizen uprisings against bad decision making that I have seen in my career in public service.”  He goes on to say that because of our effort, Duke Energy has called a halt to their efforts and imposed a delay to consider information that we have brought to light.

Certainly the original Tangleridge neighbors in Blue Ash deserve a lot credit for having the conviction to say “not in my backyard or yours”.  They worked tirelessly to engage and inform leaders and citizens across Hamilton County.  However, this effort evolved from a small team of individuals, to a coalition of 14 communities uniting against one of the wealthiest, most powerful companies in United States to say NOPE!  A pipeline of this size and scale does not belong in our neighborhoods, next to our schools, near our places of worship or where we work and play.

We have a lot of work ahead of us, and need all of our communities to continue to make their voices heard.  There are leaders who are hearing us now, and doing everything they can to help.  However, there are other leaders who may not understand that we hold them accountable for the safety of our communities.  We expect them to be actively involved to insure that if additional infrastructure is needed to meet the needs of our communities, it is developed and installed in a way that actually does meet the needs of our communities.

Read Todd Portune’s Letter to learn more about the work being done to impact the Duke’s pipeline.