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Natural gas pipeline sparks controversy

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GOLF MANOR, OH (FOX19) -

Residents are expected to attend a 7 p.m. meeting Thursday at Golf Manor Community Center to express their concerns about a natural gas pipeline possibly coming through the community.

Many are concerned about the scale of the project as well as the possible negative consequences it could have on their community.

Some folks don’t think a pipeline of this industrial size should be routed anywhere near residential areas.

Others worry about the size of the equipment used to construct the pipelines and how close it would have to be to homes.

Of course, the safety element comes into play because in recent years, there have been a few cases where pipelines have exploded, causing massive fires.

Some residents are extremely worried about the possible dangers of burying a 30-inch pipeline just 3 feet underground,especially in such developed areas.

But Duke Energy officials say they've taken all of the necessary precautions to ensure that their pipeline would be constructed safely and effectively.

They say the proposed pipeline is necessary in order to meet future demands of natural gas and avoid energy brownouts.

Depending on the route, the pipeline could run through Norwood, Golf Manor, Amberley Village, Reading, Evendale, Blue Ash, Sycamore Township, Montgomery, Madeira and Fairfax.

Duke Energy has proposed three possible routes through the northern suburbs, passing by hundreds of homes and businesses, as well as many schools, parks, public buildings, religious centers and hospitals. Even Kenwood Towne Center.

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