By now you all know that Duke Energy is seeking to install
NOPE! Cincy Townhall Presentation
Town hall meeting
◦ June 9, 2016
Central Corridor Pipeline
• “The Central Corridor Pipeline Extension Project is the
first of five major pipeline projects.” - Duke Energy
• Going to tie in Norwood Station to Fairfax. – Duke Energy
• This first project has three potential routes – a green,
pink or orange route.
• Final route to be chosen by mid-June, 2016, with one
Ohio Natural Gas Pipeline Approval Process
Ohio Power Siting Board
Sen Bill Seitz (R)
Asim Z. Haque
David Goodman, Director (R)
Application Must (Approximately 6/23/16)
• Explain need
• Route analysis
• Project description
• Economic impact
• Health/safety/land use
• Minimize negative impact
• Follow regulations
How were the final routes selected?
• “Looked at a variety of
being one of the big ones.”
• Duke also claims to have
looked at environmental
This is NOT the pipeline that
brings gas to your home
This is the pipeline that goes
in your home
• Duke will seek
• The land will be
completely cleared of all
trees, shrubs, etc. for 30-
• 30” pipe laid 3-4’ under
How will the pipeline be installed?
DUKE PROMISES THAT “ANY
PROPERTY DISTURBED . . .
WILL BE RESTORED TO ITS
DO WE BELIEVE THAT IS TRUE?
What REALLY happens after
•The ground is covered and
gas warning posts are put
•Fencing on both sides of
the pipe will be installed in
some of the open areas.
There will be MANY easement restrictions
for use of your property:
• NO trees or high shrubs may
be put on the easement.
• May not use the land
affected by an easement in
any manner without first
obtaining Duke’s written
How is the pipeline monitored?
Inspected four times a year by
walking the pipeline and looking
for visual observations that may
look out of the ordinary. - Duke
Every seven years, Duke does an
“integrity inspection.” - Duke Energy
Can be monitored by drones.
DUKE ENERGY HAS NEVER
INSTALLED A PIPELINE OF THIS
MAGNITUDE IN OUR HIGHLY
POPULATED AREAS – per Duke
Energy at its public forum in April 2016
DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING FROM
DUKE ENERGY, WITHOUT BEING
CERTAIN OF WHAT YOU ARE
You may be giving
them an easement.
Do we believe Duke’s
proposed routes to be in
our best interests?
Why is NOPEcincy.org
• Accidents happen no matter how
• Pipelines can be compromised
• Natural gas is highly combustible
Why is safety important?
BECAUSE ACCIDENTS HAPPEN, THE DAMAGE IS SEVERE, AND LIVES ARE LOST.
The San Bruno pipeline was less than 400 PSI of gas.
The Central Corridor pipeline can run as much as 720 PSI daily.
However, Duke is “reassuring” us that it will only run 500-650 PSI of
compressed natural gas daily.
Old pipelines are not
the only ones failing,
new lines are failing
BROOKE COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
JANUARY 26, 2015.
A PIPELINE THAT HAD ONLY BEEN IN
OPERATION ONE YEAR EXPLODED.
“According to a Pipeline Safety Trust analysis of federal
data, new pipelines are failing at a rate on par with gas
transmission lines installed before the 1940s.”
"It looked like you were looking down into hell.” said Forbes
Road Fire Chief Bob Rosatti.
The explosion blew a 12 foot deep, 1500 square
foot hole and scorched 40 acres when a 30”
natural gas pipeline failed and exploded.
“God did it”
Spectra Energy, the owner of
the pipeline, immediately
invoked “force majeure” to
free itself from liability.
“Force Majeure” = relief from
The Salem Fire Chief stated that
that if this event were to happen
in a densely populated area,
“most or all of the available
evacuation routes could be
The heat from an explosion is so intense that you can be burned 1/3 to ½ of a
mile away from the point of explosion, from the radiant heat , without being
explosed to the flame.
Potential external costs to
• Increased insurance
• Loss in property values
• Lost tax revenues
• Dampened development
• Increase cost of emergency planning
• Duke says the pipeline will cost consumers
$100M to build.
• May violate mortgage agreements
• Displacement of wildlife
• Destruction of acres of mature woodlands and
• Changes storm water run off patterns
• Health consequences if there are leaks
--- to atmosphere
--- to water sources
--- to us
Porter Ranch, CA – there
was a 4 month leak and
this natural gas leak is
“just one of thousands
“California gas leak was the worst man-made
greenhouse-gas disaster in U.S. history, study says”
“Sent out hundreds of letters to inform residents.” –
Looked like advertisements.
“Held public forums.” – Not there to listen to your
“Available to answer any question.” – Presented a
lengthy list of questions that have gone unanswered.
“We want to be a good community partner.” – This is
not how a good community partner joins your
“We wanted to be transparent.” – REALLY?
Duke Says/NOPE Says:
Duke Energy Failed To:
•Work with Hamilton County.
•Obtain input from first responders.
•Disclose what selection factors it took into
•Consult with local environmental groups.
In fact, the only stakeholders involved in this
NOT USING BEST PRACTICES
NOT BEING GOOD CORPORATE CITIZEN
NOT DEMONSTRATING A CONCERN FOR COMMUNITY IT
Duke Energy claims that this project is “for”
Then wouldn’t it be nice
if they listened to us.
In 2015, Duke Energy pled guilty to nine
criminal violations of the Clean Water Act
accepting a punishment of five years
probation and $102 million in fines and
And we are asked to trust Duke Energy’s
independent studies. NOPE!
Is the money Duke saves by carving up our
communities, placing this pipeline near schools,
daycare centers, parks, apartment complexes,
places of worship, community centers,
hospitals, and putting residents at risk, worth
WHY IS DUKE ENERGY REFUSING TO HEAR US?
What can you do?
Request City leaders
join together and
Do NOT sign anything
from Duke Energy!
REFUSE to cooperate and
survey access. Tell Duke
any entry onto your land
for the pipeline is a
Become a leader and join
in organizing your
YOU MUST ACT NOW!!!
Demand that our government enact
laws to prohibit energy companies from
continuing to abuse Eminent Domain
as a means to further line their pockets.
Demand Ohio enact laws,
similar to other States, that
limit how close these natural
gas transmission lines can
come to a home, business or
Cover - Amy Bogard illustration - http://www.amybogard.com http://www.drawingdownthevision.com
Duke Energy https://www.duke-energy.com/ohio/natural-gas/central-corridor.asp
Cincinnati Enquirer community press - April 27, 2016
Duke Energy Natural Gas Pipeline Rights-of-Way brochure 2013
Duke Energy Spokesperson Sally Thelen – May 20, 2015
Cincinnati Enquirer community press - April 27, 2016
US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
SNL September 09, 2015
Pittsburg Action 4 News – Ashlie Hardway.
Triblive May 2, 2016 – Debra Erdley
Graph by Bob Harper
Washington Post by Joby Warrick – February 25, 2016
PBS News Hour bY Elisabeth Ponsot January 18, 2016 at 4:55 PM EDT | Updated: Jan 19, 2016 at 6:14 AM
Photograph by Danny Moloshok/Reuters
WLWT Chanel 5 - May 18, 2016 Interview with Duke Energy