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:
- 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”.
- Sign this petition to enact legislation to keep natural gas transmission lines at least 1mile away from Ohio schools.
- 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.
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.
Great news for everyone who has voiced concerns about Duke’s proposed pipeline. Duke has indicated they are postponing filing their formal application with the Ohio Power Siting Board. This does not mean they have changed their mind or their plans for the pipeline. However, it may indicate that Duke has actually heard concerns being expressed by NOPE! and members of the communities affected by the pipeline. We must continue to be steadfast in our opposition to any plans that involve dangerous, high pressure natural gas lines through densely populated areas.
Duke Energy Delays Controversial Pipeline – Cincinnati.com 6.29.2016
This is a sobering illustration of what would happen in our communities if Duke’s high pressure natural gas line failed. This 30″ transmission line, just like the one Duke is proposing, was not installed in a densely populated area. The community developed after the pipeline was installed as a result of urban sprawl. Why would Duke even consider creating a situation like this here?
Watch this. This is why we are concerned.
Duke Energy has set up a special phone number and email address for you to use to learn about the pipeline and discuss concerns. So far, they have not been particularly responsive or transparent, but maybe if enough people ask questions and demand answers they will respond.
Central Corridor Pipeline HOTLINE – 513-287-2130
There are many things that you could discuss with Duke Energy to express you feelings about the proposed pipeline. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Explain how the pipeline will affect you, personally. Help them understand the human toll associated with their project.
- Ask any questions you have to deepen your understanding about the project
- Express your concern about the pipeline being routed through densely populated residential areas
- Communicate displeasure with Duke’s lack of transparency about the plans, motivations behind the plans, decision making process, secrecy, etc.
- Ask about other alternatives for routing and why they were rejected or whether they would be willing to consider revisiting those options
- Communicate your anger about Duke’s abuse of power through the use of eminent domain