16-0253-GA-BTX: Duke Central Corridor Extension Gas Pipeline

Case number: 16-0253-GA-BTX
Project: Central Corridor Extension Gas Pipeline
Applicant:  Duke Energy Ohio
Location: Hamilton County
Status: Awaits Board decision

Project summary

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.

Staff Investigation

The Board staff investigated the application filed by Duke Energy and filed a report of investigation in the case. The staff report serves only as a recommendation, and the Board members have the final say in the siting of the pipeline.

Hearings

The purpose of the public hearings is to gather input from the community. The purpose of the adjudicatory hearing is to allow formal parties to the case to present 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 Hearings

Adjudicatory Hearing

Board decision, rehearing, and appeal

Once the Board issues a 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.

Pipeline safety

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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