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NOPE! Cincy Townhall Presentation

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A presentation from NOPE! Cincy at a townhall on June 9, 2016 showing the dangers of Duke Energy's Central Corridor Pipeline.

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NOPE! Cincy Townhall Presentation

  1. 1. Town hall meeting ◦ June 9, 2016
  2. 2. 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 back-up route.
  3. 3. Ohio Natural Gas Pipeline Approval Process Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) Citizen Sen Bill Seitz (R) Asim Z. Haque Chairman (I) David Goodman, Director (R) Application Must (Approximately 6/23/16) • Explain need • Route analysis • Project description • Economic impact • Health/safety/land use • Environment/ecological Impact • Minimize negative impact • Follow regulations
  4. 4. How were the final routes selected? • “Looked at a variety of factors, socioeconomics being one of the big ones.” Duke Energy • Duke also claims to have looked at environmental factors.
  5. 5. Common Misperception This is NOT the pipeline that brings gas to your home This is the pipeline that goes in your home
  6. 6. • Duke will seek easements. • The land will be completely cleared of all trees, shrubs, etc. for 30- 50’. • 30” pipe laid 3-4’ under the ground. How will the pipeline be installed?
  7. 7. DUKE PROMISES THAT “ANY PROPERTY DISTURBED . . . WILL BE RESTORED TO ITS PRE-EXISTING CONDITION OR BETTER.” DO WE BELIEVE THAT IS TRUE?
  8. 8. NOPE!
  9. 9. What REALLY happens after installation. •The ground is covered and gas warning posts are put up. •Fencing on both sides of the pipe will be installed in some of the open areas.
  10. 10. 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 permission.
  11. 11. How is the pipeline monitored? Duke self-monitors. Inspected four times a year by walking the pipeline and looking for visual observations that may look out of the ordinary. - Duke Energy Every seven years, Duke does an “integrity inspection.” - Duke Energy Can be monitored by drones.
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING FROM DUKE ENERGY, WITHOUT BEING CERTAIN OF WHAT YOU ARE SIGNING! You may be giving them an easement.
  14. 14. NOPE! Do we believe Duke’s proposed routes to be in our best interests?
  15. 15. Why is NOPEcincy.org concerned? SAFETY! • Accidents happen no matter how many regulations • Pipelines can be compromised • Natural gas is highly combustible
  16. 16. Why is safety important? BECAUSE ACCIDENTS HAPPEN, THE DAMAGE IS SEVERE, AND LIVES ARE LOST.
  17. 17. San Bruno, California SEPTEMBER 9, 2010
  18. 18. The explosion and fire killed 8 people and injured 58 while destroying 38 homes and damaging 70 others. - State regulators imposed a record setting $1.6 billion penalty on Pacific Gas and Electric
  19. 19. When explosions occur, damage is widespread.
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. Old pipelines are not the only ones failing, new lines are failing as well. BROOKE COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA JANUARY 26, 2015.
  22. 22. A PIPELINE THAT HAD ONLY BEEN IN OPERATION ONE YEAR EXPLODED.
  23. 23. “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.”
  24. 24. Salem Township, Pennsylvania APRIL 29,2016
  25. 25. "It looked like you were looking down into hell.” said Forbes Road Fire Chief Bob Rosatti.
  26. 26. The explosion blew a 12 foot deep, 1500 square foot hole and scorched 40 acres when a 30” natural gas pipeline failed and exploded.
  27. 27. “God did it” Spectra Energy, the owner of the pipeline, immediately invoked “force majeure” to free itself from liability. “Force Majeure” = relief from accountability
  28. 28. 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 rendered impassable.”
  29. 29. 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.
  30. 30. Potential external costs to public are… Economic losses • 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
  31. 31. Environmental/Health issues • Displacement of wildlife • Destruction of acres of mature woodlands and greenspaces • Changes storm water run off patterns • Health consequences if there are leaks --- to atmosphere --- to water sources --- to us
  32. 32. Porter Ranch, CA – there was a 4 month leak and this natural gas leak is “just one of thousands across country” “California gas leak was the worst man-made greenhouse-gas disaster in U.S. history, study says”
  33. 33. “Sent out hundreds of letters to inform residents.” – Looked like advertisements. “Held public forums.” – Not there to listen to your opinion. “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:
  34. 34. Duke Energy Failed To: •Work with Hamilton County. •Obtain input from first responders. •Disclose what selection factors it took into consideration. •Consult with local environmental groups. In fact, the only stakeholders involved in this project were…
  35. 35. DUKE ENERGY NOT USING BEST PRACTICES NOT BEING GOOD CORPORATE CITIZEN NOT DEMONSTRATING A CONCERN FOR COMMUNITY IT SERVES
  36. 36. Duke Energy claims that this project is “for” us…. Then wouldn’t it be nice if they listened to us.
  37. 37. 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 restitution. And we are asked to trust Duke Energy’s independent studies. NOPE!
  38. 38. 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 it? WHY IS DUKE ENERGY REFUSING TO HEAR US? $$$
  39. 39. What can you do?  Make noise!  Write letters!  Send e-mails!  Demand answers!  Request City leaders join together and Intervene!  Do NOT sign anything from Duke Energy!  REFUSE to cooperate and refuse pre-application survey access. Tell Duke any entry onto your land for the pipeline is a trespass  Become a leader and join in organizing your neighborhoods! YOU MUST ACT NOW!!!
  40. 40. 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 school.
  41. 41. We must unite! Say NOPE! to Duke Energy
  42. 42. . Resources: 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  Mercurynews.com photograph  Sfgate.com photograph  Ww2.kqed.org photograph  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

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