Duke Energy Reduces Size of Proposed Pipeline, Heeds Public Concerns

A Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Extension ( NOPE! ) meeting in Cincinnati Ohio (Photo: Carrie Blackmore Smith, Cincinnati Enquirer)

A Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Extension (NOPE!) meeting in Cincinnati Ohio (Photo: Carrie Blackmore Smith, Cincinnati Enquirer)

Duke Energy is proposing a natural gas pipeline in Hamilton County in Ohio that is smaller and less pressurized than its original proposed pipeline as a result of much community opposition to the first plan.

The new proposed pipeline will now be 20 inches in diameter as opposed to 30 inches, and its operating pressure will decrease to 400 psi from 600 psi.

Communities in the area were concerned about the original plan, claiming the high pressure could lead to an explosion. As a result, Duke Energy decided to reduce the size and pressure of the proposed line in order to comply with feedback from its customers, neighbors, and community leaders.

The pipeline project, called Central Corridor Transmission Pipeline Extension, has also dropped its proposed routes from three to two as a result of community feedback. The Ohio Public Service Board will make the final decision on which route the pipeline will take if approved.

The proposed pipeline would replace aging lines that have been in use since the 1950s and are reaching the end of their operational lives, according to Duke Energy. The company assured to concerned communities that pipelines can be built stronger and with better technology and that they will operate the pipeline safely.

The project is planned to receive approval and start construction by next summer. Duke Energy anticipates the pipeline construction to be done by the fall of 2018.

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