September Inning: Duke Energy 30″ High Pressure Gas Pipeline

What: Duke Energy 30″ High Pressure Gas Pipeline
When: TUESDAY, September 6th, 2016, 7 p.m. – 8:55 p.m.
Where: The Dan Beard Boy Scout Council
10078 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241
Speakers: Ronna S. Lukas and Nathan Alley

Join us as the Miami Group welcomes members from NOPE (Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Expansion) on our monthly meeting.

proposed gas pipeline routes

Topic:
Duke Energy plans to build a massive natural gas transmission line straight through densely populated areas in Hamilton County. Called the Central Corridor Pipeline Project, this 12-mile-long, 30”, 720 psi transmission line is being built next to homes, schools, hospitals, community centers, and through parks and green spaces and many areas where large groups of people congregate. This high pressure/high capacity transmission line places a heavy and costly burden on individual citizens, communities and the environment.

Why is Duke planning an expressway for transporting natural gas that would permanently damage or destroy natural ecosystems, wildlife habitats and greenspaces? What are the safety concerns associated with a transmission line of this size? What are the real costs associated with this project? And finally where is this gas coming from and where is it going? Learn more by attending this presentation by the members of NOPE! (Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Extension).

About NOPE!: NOPE! (Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Extension) is a coalition of concerned citizens from over 14 Hamilton County communities affected by Duke’s proposed pipeline. The mission of the organization is to ensure that any necessary natural gas infrastructure is installed in a way that is safe and responsible, away from densely populated areas. For more information, visitwww.NOPEcincy.org

Speaker: RONNA S. LUCAS; Attorney (rlucas@laursenlucas.com)

Bar Admissions; State of Illinois Nov. 1998
Partner: Laursen and Lucas, Attorneys at Law, 2016 to present
Private general practice: Stillness, Attorneys at Law-2005-2016 Ronna Lucas has personally worked on thousands of consumer protections cases, several of which have resulted in the development and clarification of the consumer laws and statutes. First chaired dozens of jury trials, countless bench trials, and binding arbitrations for criminal and civil cases.
Represented consumers in consumer protection laws such as Ohio Motor Vehicle’s with Warranty Non-Conformities Act (“Lemon Law”), Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, fraud, Truth in Lending violations, Odometer violations, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Breach of Warranty claims, Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, and similar State and Federal consumer protection laws. Involved in all stages of litigation including discovery, negotiations of settlements, arbitrations, mediations, hearings on motions, depositions, court appearances, trials, written and argued appellate briefs.
VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Beech Acres Parenting Center
PTA Blue Ash Elementary and Greene Middle School, 2007-2014
Leading Member of N.O.P.E.Cincy.org

Speaker: Nathan Alley
Nathan Alley is Transportation Policy Coordinator for the Ohio Sierra Club and Director of Litigation and Training for Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm with offices in Akron and Pittsburgh. Nathan graduated from the New York University School of Law, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the New York University Environmental Law Journal, and where he worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Environmental Defense Fund and WildEarth Guardians. In 2004, he became a Law Fellow with the Natural Heritage Institute in San Francisco, where he represented clients in the FERC hydropower licensing process, as well as in litigation under federal and state environmental laws. He then spent a year providing in-house legal support to conservation organizations in the Sierra Nevada. In 2007, Nathan became a Staff Attorney at the Environmental Defense Center in Santa Barbara, where he worked on issues related to coastal preservation, oil and gas development, and the intersection of clean water and sustainable agriculture, and where he authored two successful ballot measures. In 2014, Nathan returned to his native Cincinnati to help sustain his family’s multi-generational farm. Nathan is an appointed member of the City of Cincinnati’s Environmental Advisory Council and sits as an alternate on the Village of New Richmond Planning Commission.
For additional information on “how to get involved”, “proposed pipeline maps”, “regulations”, etc.
go to “NOPEcincy.org”.
For meeting information: alvingden@gmail.com Sierra Club meeting organizer.