Residents in Hamilton County, Ohio and members of the Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Extension (NOPE) will gather Wednesday evening at the Sharonville Convention Center to protest a Duke Energy natural gas pipeline that would run approximately 12 miles through northern Cincinnati/central Hamilton County.
According to Duke Energy, “the project is designed to improve, protect, and expand a larger system for current and future customers.” In addition, it will “enhance gas supply reliability and flexibility across the system, replace and modernize aging infrastructure, and position Duke Energy to supply growing demand for natural gas” in the area.
Members of NOPE say the line would be extremely dangerous to the community, especially in such a highly populated area.
“No one would ever consider running a high-speed expressway right down the middle of a residential street or right next to a school playground. Much less, allowing tanker trucks carrying full loads of dangerous chemicals to drive up and down the street, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That would be unthinkable,” writes NOPE on their organization website in response to the proposed pipeline route.
Duke Energy must choose two out of three possible routes through the city and turn them in to the Ohio Power Sitting Board to be reviewed, after which its pipeline proposal can then be considered.
Duke Energy expects construction to begin in the summer of 2017 and be complete by the fall of 2018.