Ohio Power Siting Board authorizes construction of natural gas pipeline in Clermont County

Ohio Power Siting Board authorizes construction of natural gas pipeline in Clermont County

COLUMBUS, OHIO (May 21, 2007) – The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) today approved an agreement that grants Duke Energy Ohio’s application to construct a 16.4 mile-long underground natural gas pipeline from the Ohio River to Bethel, Ohio. The pipeline will improve the existing natural gas transmission infrastructure in Clermont and Brown counties.

The agreement, approved by the Board today, includes 38 conditions that the company must meet to remediate environmental and socioeconomic impacts presented by the construction of the facility.

Construction of the pipeline is expected to begin in spring 2008 and be completed at an estimated cost of approximately $10.5 million. Duke must inform property owners along the pipeline route of the proposed construction and environmental remediation schedule.

Duke filed its application for a certificate to construct the pipeline on May 1, 2006, including in the application a preferred route and an alternate route. On Sept. 6, 2006, OPSB Staff filed a report recommending the company’s modified preferred pipeline route. Local hearings were held in Bethel on Sept. 26, 2006 and March 14, 2007 to gather public input. On April 4, 2007 OPSB Staff and Duke filed their agreement settling concerns raised by the staff and public.

The OPSB reviews applications for construction of large electric and natural gas facilities in Ohio. The 11-member board is comprised of representatives of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the state departments of Development, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Health, the Ohio General Assembly and the public. The Chairman of the PUCO also chairs the OPSB.

Additional information regarding this project is available on the OPSB Web site at www.OPSB.ohio.gov