Duke Energy Ohio asks OPSB to move forward with CCP application consideration
Duke Energy Ohio is moving forward with its application before the Ohio Power Siting Board to construct its proposed Central Corridor Pipeline in Hamilton County to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to its customers in southwest Ohio for decades to come. In August 2017, Duke Energy Ohio asked the OPSB for a delay in its application process to allow the company additional time to examine site-specific matters it became aware of through meetings with property owners and municipalities along the proposed alternate, or western, route that runs primarily through Blue Ash, Evendale and Reading. Since then, Duke Energy Ohio has been advancing the design and alignment of this route. This involved taking a more in-depth look at all properties where the pipeline would be located, including near the Pristine Inc. Superfund site in Reading. Duke Energy Ohio conducted additional environmental testing including soil borings along the western route, in addition to reviewing records of existing environmental databases. Duke Energy Ohio also continued meeting with property owners and community leaders along the proposed western route. As a result of the meetings and field activities, the company has made some minor adjustments on individual properties located along the western route. The proposed pipeline would connect to an existing Duke Energy Ohio pipeline near the intersection of Butler, Warren and Hamilton counties and extend to an existing company pipeline in either the Norwood area or the Fairfax area. Duke Energy Ohio is proposing that the OPSB reschedule the adjudicatory hearing in Columbus for later this spring or summer. This hearing will allow parties in the case to provide sworn testimony and cross-examine witnesses. The OPSB will issue its decision on the pipeline sometime after the hearing is complete.