Central Corridor Pipeline
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Central Corridor Pipeline is a proposed natural gas pipeline in Ohio.
The pipeline will run entirely within Hamilton County, Ohio, USA.
- Owner: Duke Energy
- Proposed capacity:
- Length: 22.5 kilometers / 14 miles
- Status: Proposed
- Start Year: 2021
The Central Corridor Pipeline is part of a larger project by Duke Energy that includes retiring and replacing old infrastructure and expanding existing natural gas pipelines.
In June of 2016, Duke Energy announced that it was delaying its controversial natural gas pipeline project and would extend the review process. A local activist group called NOPE, or Neighbors Opposed to Pipeline Expansion, is opposed to the project. They say the route goes through highly populated areas by homes, schools, daycares, hospitals and churches, and cite safety concerns.
In April of 2018, Duke Energy Ohio moved forward with its application before the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) to construct its proposed Central Corridor Pipeline in Hamilton County. The previous August, Duke Energy Ohio asked the OPSB for a delay in its application process to allow the company additional time to examine site-specific matters with property owners and municipalities along the proposed alternate, or western, route that runs through Blue Ash, Evendale and Reading.
In March of 2019, Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Extension (NOPE) held a town hall meeting alerting Hamilton County residents that the proposed Duke Energy gas pipeline project is back on track and headed to Columbus for approval. The evidentiary hearing took place in Columbus, Ohio on April 9, 2019. The Ohio Power Siting Board is expected to make a decision by the late summer or early fall of 2019.
In January of 2020, an administrative law judge ordered that the pipeline be placed on hold until the Ohio Power Siting Board can thoroughly review the case again. The was in response to an Application for Rehearing filed by Neighbors Opposing Pipeline Extension (NOPE) and government officials with Blue Ash, Cincinnati, Evendale, Reading, and Hamilton Counties. In the application, NOPE has asserted that the Board failed to consider probable environmental impacts and determine whether routing decisions represented minimal impact, failed to define the pipeline as a transmission line (rather than a distribution line),incorrectly determined that the pipeline serves the public convenience and necessity because it did not address legitimate public safety concerns, incorrectly applied a standard of "convenience" rather than "need" in evaluating Duke's application, and failed to determine whether reasonable alternatives exist. Finally, NOPE asserted that when reaching their decision, the Board relied on discredited evidence, inadmissible evidence and/or unsubstantiated claims and also disregarded credible evidence that was presented.
There is no clear timeline for what is next. The board now has more time to decide whether they want to hear the case again. If the board chooses to stand by its original decision, then construction on the pipeline is expected to begin in late 2020 and conclude in 2021.
Articles and resources
- Central Corridor Pipeline Expansion Project, Duke energy, accessed October 2018
- Duke Energy postpones controversial pipeline project, FOX 19, June 29, 2016
- Duke Energy Ohio asks the Ohio Power Siting Board to move forward with its consideration of the Central Corridor Pipeline application, PR Newswire, April 13, 2018
- Ann Thompson, Duke Defends Proposed Pipeline While Others Try To Halt It, WVXU, March 13, 2019
- Jessica Schmidt, Decision on hotly-debated Duke Energy pipeline expected by summer, FOX 19, March 13, 2019
- Segann March, Judge: Duke Energy pipeline project put on hold for further review, Cincinnati Enquirer, Jan. 28, 2020