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Cincinnati City Council Passes Resolution Opposing Duke Energy Pipeline

The Cincinnati City Council passed a resolution opposing Duke Energy's proposed Central Corridor Gas Pipeline Extension Project and adopted a pair of motions to try and circumvent the project.

According to Duke Energy's website, the project calls for construction of a new, 30-inch steel natural gas pipeline with a maximum capacity of 240 MMcf/d. The project is still in the planning stages, but the new pipeline will originate at an existing gas transmission line near the intersection of Ohio's Butler, Hamilton and Warren counties.

The pipeline will then traverse approximately 12 miles of central Hamilton County and the northern parts of Cincinnati. It will end near either the city of Norwood or the Village of Fairfax.

Duke Energy said the project is expected to cost $100-150 million. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2017 and be completed by fall 2018. The project is a result of a 2015 study conducted by the company of its high-pressure steel pipelines, some of which were built in the 1950s.

"This project is part of a larger project designed to improve, protect and expand our system for current and future customers," Duke said. "This pipeline extension project will enhance gas supply reliability and flexibility across the system, replace and modernize aging infrastructure and position Duke Energy to supply growing demand for natural gas in southwest Ohio."

On Wednesday, the city council passed a resolution opposing the project. It also passed a motion for the city to "take all appropriate actions, including filing an intervention with the Ohio Public Utilities Commission, to oppose the [project] from traversing through Cincinnati's neighborhoods."

The council also passed a motion calling for the city's administration to "review and provide a report within 45 days on potential legal, legislative and regulatory options that are currently available, and best practices for land use, zoning and other regulations for consideration in this and future potential pipeline projects."

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