At their meeting on Feb. 20, 2020 the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) ruled AGAINST granting a Rehearing to the applicants- Neighbors Opposed to Pipeline Extension (NOPE), the City of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, City of Blue Ash, the Village of Evendale, and the City of Reading in the case of Duke’s Central Corridor Pipeline proposal. The Administrative Law Judge had issued an order to Review for a Rehearing after the applications were submitted.
The agenda item took less than two minutes to dispatch: there was no discussion, only a vote. It is clear that the OPSB is not listening to the people who live in Ohio nor to their municipal governments. Throughout the process, they have shown very little concern for the public’s safety with regard to pipeline siting, nor any consideration of the many valid issues that were raised in the Applications for Rehearing. Reading through their rationale for denial made clear that regulatory capture is at play in this case.
Intervenors, including NOPE are in the process of reviewing OPSB’s Denial for Rehearing. Intervenors can accept OPSB’s ruling or appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court. We encourage those interested to stay involved- keep in the loop with the current news by visiting the website. Encourage others- including those who are environmentally-minded, safety conscious and citizen’s groups – to get involved and also to consider donating to NOPE’s fund for counsel.
How Did They Do?
In a related issue, the OPSB is holding public meetings (done on an every five year basis) to get citizen’s feedback on the OPSB process and administrative rules. These meetings will be held in Columbus on March 10, 11 and 25. If you are interesting in attending and want more details, information will be available shortly on NOPE’s Facebook page.