When our children get on the bus in the morning, are we sending them to a safe place?
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Contact Duke Energy about putting a pipeline of this size next to our schools and daycare centers.
*According to Pipeline Association for Public Awareness
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.
It was like looking into hell” – First responder
Date: April 29, 2016, 8:00 am
Location: Rural Salem, PA (31 sq. mi radius/pop. 6,500)
Injuries: Richard Johnston did not come into contact with any flames. The heat from the explosion was so intense, it burned him inside his home ¼ mile away from the explosion.
Damage Description: 12 foot deep hole, 1500 sq. feet; scorched 44 acres
Issues: First responders could not get out of their emergency vehicles ¼ mile from explosion because heat was so intense.
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Here are some materials that you can use with your community to help them better understand Duke Energy’s Central Corridor Pipeline Extension Project:
NOPE Neighborhood trifold brochure 4.27.2016
Nope Alert Card Single Page 5.4.2016
NOPE Act Now General two sided card 5.6.2016