Southern Bruce County Expansion Proposal
Union Gas is proposing to build approximately 300 kilometres of new pipeline to bring natural gas to the communities of Kincardine, Tiverton, Inverhuron, Chesley, Paisley, Ripley, Lucknow and Point Clark. (There is a map available outlining our proposal here.)
In July 2015, Union Gas filed an application with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), proposing regulatory flexibility on elements of the OEB's current guidelines for extending natural gas service to additional communities in Ontario. On Nov. 17, 2016, the OEB issued its new regulatory framework that will apply to future projects to bring gas service to new communities.
Union Gas continues to be committed to providing natural gas service to communities under the OEB's new community expansion regulatory framework. Since the OEB issued its decision, we have completed a more thorough analysis of the framework and are currently in the process of finalizing a revised approach that would enable us to complete several projects.
Community Information Sessions were held in early March 2016 to allow interested parties to talk with experts about Union Gas' Southern Bruce County Expansion proposal. We were happy to listen to your feedback and answer your questions. We thank those who came to speak with us.
The next step is for project proponents to submit applications to serve specific communities using the new framework to the OEB. The OEB will conduct a public review process to determine which projects are in the best interest of the community and, where appropriate, grant a leave to construct so the project can move forward.
In January 2017, the provincial government announced it would direct $100 million in grants to move natural gas expansion projects forward. On Jan. 19, 2017, Union Gas sent a letter to the OEB indicating our interest in serving South Bruce County.
Union Gas is committed to minimizing the effects of our projects and operations on the environment. We consult with affected First Nations, the Métis Nation of Ontario, landowners, government agencies and others.
Union Gas is an experienced and responsible natural gas provider with more than 100 years of bringing reliable, clean and affordable natural gas to homes and businesses across Ontario. We offer competitive rates, proven experience, and have an established and impeccable safety record.