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