DOPEs Get Ready to Fight 13 Mile Pipeline Near Cincinnati

As MDN previously reported, Duke Energy needs to replace an aging pipeline, built in the 1950s, near Cincinnati, OH–or some people in Cincy will have to go without natural gas (see Hearings Scheduled for Proposed Duke Pipeline in Cincinnati). Duke has proposed a 13-mile, 20-inch pipeline along two potential routes. Both routes are opposed by antis, including a group calling themselves NOPE–Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Extension. We call them DOPEs–Dummies Opposing Pipeline Extensions. Will the DOPErs volunteer to shut off the natural gas to their homes and businesses if the pipeline doesn’t get built? Not on your life! Two public hearings have now been scheduled, one for June 15 and the other July 12. Ahead of those hearings, the Ohio Power Siting Board recently released a 71-page report outlining the potential impacts of the pipeline (full copy below). In the report, staffers conclude that Duke Energy’s proposed Alternate Route represents the minimum adverse environmental impact (the best route) when compared to the Preferred Route. The staff recommend that a number of conditions become part of any certificate issued by the Board for the proposed pipeline. DOPErs are busy reading the report and gearing up to fight the pipeline at the two upcoming public hearings…

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