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NOPE Update by Nathan Alley

Beginning announcement at the June 5, 2017 Innings

NOPE Update by Nathan Alley

Nathan Alley is Transportation Policy Coordinator for the Ohio Sierra Club.

As an attorney, he has had extensive experience with federal and state environmental laws. and has worked on issues relating to coastal preservation, oil and gas development, clean water and sustainable agriculture. 

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, visit www.NOPEcincy.org

Nathan will give us an update on NOPE activities, especially since there is an upcoming hearing with the Ohio Power Siting Board on

June 15, 2017. 

The local public hearing is scheduled:

June 15, 2017 from 3 p.m. to  8 p.m.

University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash

Muntz Hall, Room 119

9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45236 

Duke Pipeline Hearing June 15, 2017

Important Public Hearing Scheduled
O.P.S.B Schedules Duke Pipeline Hearings

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will hold a local public hearing to allow the public to express their views regarding Duke Energy Ohio’s proposal to construct a natural gas pipeline extension in Butler, Hamilton and Warren counties.

The local public hearing is scheduled:
June 15, 2017 from 3 p.m. to  8 p.m.
University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash
Muntz Hall, Room 119
9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash, Ohio 45236 

Duke Energy Ohio proposes to construct an approximately 13-mile long, 20-inch diameter natural gas pipeline in order to increase the reliability of natural gas delivery in central Cincinnati. The proposed pipeline would run from an existing gas main near the intersection of Butler, Warren and Hamilton counties to an existing main in either the Norwood area or the Fairfax area.

An adjudicatory hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on July 12, 2017, at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Hearing Room 11-A, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Additional information regarding the proposed pipeline is available on the OPSB website at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in case number 16-253-GA-BTX.

You can also get more information from NOPEcincy.org

Duke Pipeline update

First it was a giant, high pressure, transmission pipeline to take natural gas through our neighborhoods in Hamilton County. That 30 Inch pipe would have pushed gas through at 720 psi. Explosions can cause extensive loss of life. After widespread, organized opposition all across the northern suburbs, Duke now proposes a smaller, 20 inch pipeline operating – for now – at lower pressures (400 psi) AND they want to upgrade another,  existing 20 inch line as well. Plus they have several other new pipelines in the works for this region. Looks like they’re working hard to figure out how to take fracked gas from eastern Ohio and PA and ship it to the Midwest and South.

It’s like continuous oil trains snaking across greater Cincinnati, hauling huge quantities of liquid carbon energy, with potentially catastrophic consequences. If natural gas were the answer for future energy policy, that would be a discussion. But it ISN’T. We need to be supporting sustainable, safe technologies.

Duke should be investing in residential and commercial retrofits for energy efficiency in heating and cooling – that’s the cheapest way to make more energy available for the future.

Duke should be investing only in renewable energy, including solar, wind and geothermal, which are safe, economical and eliminate climate-change causing emissions and leaks.

Tell the Ohio Power Siting Board that you oppose the pipeline. Refer to Case # 16-0253-GA-BTX; Duke Energy Central Corridor Natural Gas Pipeline, and mail to the Ohio Power Siting Board, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Stand together with all communities and rural areas!

As Naomi Klein explains in her great book, This Changes Everything, original populations, first nations, have always been on the leading edge of conservation activism and protecting our planet from plunder.  The huge opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline now playing out in North Dakota is a great example, attracting supporters from all over the continent. The national Sierra Club is helping sponsor this fight.

Go with the winners:

The Sierra Club helped stop the Eastern Corridor freeway through Newtown and Madisonville.

The Sierra Club is demanding MSD do green solutions to storm water management while lowering sewer charges on water bills and stopping sewer overflows and basement backups.

The Sierra Club helped defeat the levy for the City Parks that lacked appropriate transparency, public participation and community input.

Sierra Club has stopped over 100 coal plants from damaging the environment and communities.

Thanks to NOPE!Cincy  for all their work on this !

Bob Park

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.

Alternatives to the Duke Pipeline

The Duke Energy gas pipeline shouldn’t be in anybody’s back yard
because
the pipeline SHOULDN’T BE BUILT. Period

It is a giant, high pressure, transmission pipeline to take natural gas through our neighborhoods in Hamilton County. This 30 Inch pipe pushes gas through at 720 psi. Explosions can cause extensive loss of life. Looks like it’s going to be taking fracked gas from eastern Ohio and PA to the Midwest and South.
It is like a continuous oil train moving huge quantities with potentially catastrophic consequences. If natural gas were the answer for future energy policy, that would be a discussion. It ISN’T.
We need to be supporting sustainable, safe technologies.
Duke should be investing in residential and commercial retrofits for energy efficiency in heating and cooling – that’s the cheapest way to make more energy available for the future.
Duke should also invest in renewable energy, including solar, wind and geothermal, which are safe, economical and eliminate climate-change causing emissions and leaks.
Tell the Ohio Power Siting Board that you oppose the pipeline. Refer to Case # 16-0253-GA-BTX; Duke Energy Central Corridor Natural Gas Pipeline, and mail to the Ohio Power Siting Board, 180 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Stand together with all communities and rural areas!

Go with the winners:

The Sierra Club helped stop the Eastern Corridor freeway through Newtown and Madisonville.

The Sierra Club is demanding MSD do green solutions to storm water management while lowering sewer charges on water bills and stopping sewer overflows and basement backups.

The Sierra Club helped defeat the levy for the City Parks that lacked appropriate transparency, public participation and community input.

Sierra Club has stopped over 100 coal plants from damaging the environment and communities.

For more information visit https://nopecincy.org/

Duke spills oil into Ohio River at Beckjord Power Plant

thousands of gallons spill according to the Business Courier

Cleanup will take days according to ORANCO.

and the view of Duke Energy

U.S. EPA Serving as On-Scene Coordinator in Emergency Response to Ohio River Oil Spill

Sierra Club Response to Duke Energy Spill in Ohio River

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio — Authorities are investigating an oil spill from Duke Energy’s Beckjord Station, about 20 miles from Cincinnati. Officials say about 5,000 gallons have spilled into the Ohio River.

In response, Sierra Club Organizer, Neil Waggoner, released this statement:

“This is yet another example of dirty fossil fuels putting us at risk. We pay with our health. We pay for the dangerous cleanup with our tax dollars. At the same time that Duke Energy was spilling oil in our river, it’s also asking the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to bail out its old, polluting coal plants by passing extra costs on to its customers. If utilities in Ohio invested these dollars in clean energy, we could breathe easier, have safe water and power our lives without suffering the dangers of refineries and coal plants.”