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Who is Committed to Opposing Dukes Pipeline – Evendale?

EVENDALE

Opposes Duke’s Pipeline

Supports Intervention Coalition

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Bill Puthoff 

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Christian J. Schaefer

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Carolyn Smiley-Roberts 

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Stiney Vonderhaar

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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.  It will take 2-3 minutes to complete or copy this URL into your browser:  https://goo.gl/forms/67wnq0A5lrsGy9Xh2.
  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 – Amberley?

AMBERLEY

Opposes Duke’s Pipeline

Supports Intervention Coalition

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Edward Hattenbach (District A) 

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Natalie Wolf (District B)

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Thomas C. Muething  (District C)

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Ray Warren (District D)

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NOPE has proven that beyond a doubt this is a pipeline that is not needed and if implemented, will threaten the wellbeing of our community. They deserve ALL our support!

Richard Bardach (District E)

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Peg Conway (At Large)

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Elida Kamine (At Large)

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I have been very active in the opposition to the pipeline both as a Councilmember in Amberley Village and as Chief of Staff to Councilmember PG Sittenfeld in the City of Cincinnati, who has been the primary convener of the interjurisdictional group of municipal leaders. Our team is also in the process of legislation advocating changes to state law. In Amberley, I am part of the group of Councilmembers who are extremely concerned about the future plans for the A-line and the impacts that would have on our community and will continue to be engaged to represent our constituents relating to that project regardless of what happens with the Central Corridor project.

Christopher Gavitt (At Large)

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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

Where do your elected officials/candidates stand?

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Although Duke has filed for temporary suspension of the adjudicatory proceedings, NOPE fully expect them to resume some time in the future…possibly after November elections.   We believe it is likely that Duke will continue their pipeline plans, either making adjustments to the Green Route (Duke’s alternate route) or returning to the Orange Route  (Duke’s original preferred route).

Since March, 2017, elected officials from Amberley, Blue Ash, Cincinnati, Columbia Township, Deer Park, Evendale, Golf Manor, Hamilton County, Madeira, Pleasant Ridge, Reading and Sycamore Township oppose Duke’s pipeline and have been legally intervening on behalf of their constituents.   Under the leadership of the City of Cincinnati (PG Sittenfeld) and Hamilton County (Todd Portune) the municipalities have banded together, along with NOPE, to create a powerful opposition coalition.  

Elected officials in these municipalities have demonstrated a true dedication  to protecting their communities from Duke’s unprecedented plans to build high pressure transmission lines through vibrant, densely populated communities.  We have no reason to think that elected officials in these communities have anything less than complete commitment to opposing Duke’s pipeline through the inter-jurisdictional intervention coalition. 

However, because of the upcoming general election, and in the event that priorities have changed, we sent candidates running for office (either as incumbents or non-incumbents) a brief questionnaire to understand where they stand on the pipeline, assuming no substantive changes have been made in Duke’s plans.  

NOPE will be sharing responses in the upcoming weeks, as they become available.   

Select your community below to determine where your municipal leaders and candidates stand on this issue.

Some municipalities were affected by Duke’s Central Corridor Pipeline and chose not to legally intervene.   LEARN MORE

Some municipalities were affected by Duke’s Central Corridor Pipeline and chose not to legally intervene.   LEARN MORE

Who is Committed to Opposing Dukes Pipeline – Blue Ash?

BLUE ASH

Opposes Duke’s Pipeline

Supports Intervention Coalition

Lee Czerwonka (Council at Large A)

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Robert Ryan (Council at Large A)

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Tom Adamec (Council at Large B)

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Linda E. Bauer (Ward 1)

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Joe Leet (Ward 2)

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Stephanie Stoller (Ward 2)

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John P. Dillon (Ward 3)

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Pramod S. Jhaveri (Ward 3)

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Robert J. Buckman Jr (Ward 4)

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Jeff Cappell (Ward 4)

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Jeff Cappell – “I strongly oppose this pipeline and have from Day 1. Meanwhile, my opponent voted against July 2016 legislation that directed the Blue Ash administration to begin fighting the pipeline. We deserve to have elected officials who stand with our neighborhoods against this dangerous pipeline.”

Marc Sirkin (Ward 5)

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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

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Vulnerable Facilities on Pipeline Routes

Do you or your loved ones attend these spend time at any of these schools, daycare centers, nursing homes, places of worship or other particularly vulnerable facilities?

You might think that schools, hospitals, day care centers, and places of worship are well-prepared for any emergency, but normal procedures don’t apply when a high-pressure natural gas pipeline leaks. The people inside aren’t supposed to use cell phones, alert each other via PA systems, or even set off fire alarms, due to the potential to spark an ignition. Imagine how difficult evacuation can be when communication is severely restricted.

Anything that has an electrical charge should not be used during a natural gas emergency.

Burns are a big risk

If an ignition does occur, the damage can be catastrophic. The heat of an explosion, called the thermal flux, is incredibly intense, and anyone within a quarter-mile could be burned, according to guidelines from the Pipeline Association for Public Awareness.

Surprising frequency of pipeline incidents

Pipeline incidents happen two times a day on average in the United States, and more than 11,000 such incidents have occurred over the past 20 years. Backhoes, weld failures and even Mother Nature compromise pipelines, regularly. While significant damage is rare, so to are high-pressure, large-diameter lines in densely-populated areas, like the one Duke Energy has proposed in greater Cincinnati. If this pipeline isn’t truly necessary to meet this area’s energy needs, why should residents bear the risk?

Sycamore Schools Superintendent concerned about pipeline

Superintendent Frank Forsthoefel continues to advocate for the safety of students and teachers at Sycamore Schools. Both Sycamore High School and E.H. Greene School are dangerously close to Duke’s proposed pipeline route.

Here is Forsthoefel’s 2nd letter to the Ohio Power Siting Board.

Thank you Superintendent Forsthoefel for speaking out about this important safety issue!

 

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?

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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:

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  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