OPSB postpones hearing for proposed Duke Energy Ohio pipeline extension

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Aug. 25, 2017) –  The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has postponed the adjudicatory hearing previously scheduled for Duke Energy Ohio’s proposal to construct a natural gas pipeline extension in Hamilton County. The OPSB will reschedule the hearing at a later date.

The postponement affects the adjudicatory hearing scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2017, at the offices of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Hearing Room 11-A, 180 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215. The purpose of the adjudicatory hearing is to allow parties to the case to provide sworn testimony and cross examine witnesses.

The OPSB indefinitely postponed the hearing in response to a request from Duke Energy Ohio to suspend the procedural schedule to allow the company additional time to examine site-specific matters it has become aware of through meetings with property owners and municipalities. Duke Energy Ohio has been informed of potential concerns associated with engaging in construction activities in the vicinity of property on which environmental remediation has occurred. According to Duke Energy Ohio, some of this information warrants further examination and, potentially, contribution from entities not otherwise participating in this case proceeding.

Duke Energy Ohio proposes to construct the approximately 13-mile long, 20-inch diameter C314V Central Corridor Pipeline Extension in order to increase the reliability of natural gas delivery in the Cincinnati area. The proposed pipeline would run from an existing pipeline near the intersection of Butler, Warren and Hamilton counties to an existing pipeline in either the Norwood area or the Fairfax area.

The OPSB held a local public hearing in Blue Ash, Ohio on June 15, 2017 to gather statements from members of the affected public who are not parties to the case. Additional information regarding the proposed pipeline extension project is available online at www.OPSB.ohio.gov in the record for case number 16-0253-GA-BTX.

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The Ohio Power Siting Board reviews applications for the construction of major utility facilities in Ohio. Together with Ohio’s elected officials, citizen stakeholders, and the energy industry, the Board strives to build a strong and competitive foundation for Ohio’s future.

Contact: Matt Butler, (614) 644-7670