UPDATE: On April 13, 2018, Duke Energy filed a supplement to its application that proposes several modifications to the Alternate Route. This supplemental information is currently under review.
Case number: 16-0253-GA-BTX
Project: Central Corridor Extension Gas Pipeline
Applicant: Duke Energy Ohio
Location: Hamilton County
Status: Procedural schedule postponed
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Duke Energy Ohio proposes to construct an approximately 13-mile long, 20-inch diameter natural gas pipeline in order to increase the reliability of natural gas delivery in central Cincinnati. The proposed pipeline would run from an existing gas main near the intersection of Butler, Warren, and Hamilton counties to an existing main in either the Norwood area or the Fairfax area. Documents filed in the case may be viewed in the case record.
Duke Energy project website
Staff report of investigation
The OPSB staff filed its report of investigation on May 31, 2017. In its report, the staff concluded that Duke Energy’s proposed Alternate Route represents the minimum adverse environmental impact when compared to the Preferred Route. The staff recommended that a number of conditions become part of any certificate issued by the Board for the proposed pipeline. The report is a part of the evidence in the case, but the Board is not bound by the staff’s recommendations.
The purpose of the public hearing is to gather input from the community. The purpose of the adjudicatory hearing is to allow formal parties to the case to present pre-filed testimony and evidence and to cross examine other parties’ witnesses. A court reporter records the proceedings and testimony at each hearing. Not until the hearings are complete will the Board members schedule the case for consideration and make a ruling based on the case record.
Local Public Hearing
June 15, 2017 in Blue Ash, Ohio
The adjudicatory hearing scheduled for September 11, 2017 has been indefinitely postponed. The OPSB will reschedule the hearing at a later date.
Rehearing and appeal
Once the Board issues its decision, formal parties to the case are permitted 30 days to file for rehearing of the decision with the Board. Following the completion of the rehearing process, decisions made by the Board may be appealed to the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Duke Energy must meet the requirements of the federal pipeline safety regulations. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Pipeline Safety Section monitors the construction and operation of natural gas pipelines in Ohio, enforcing the federal regulations, and conducting routine inspections and audits once pipelines are placed in service. Questions regarding pipeline safety may be addressed to the PUCO Pipeline Safety Section online or by phone at (800) 686-7826.
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