Brockton is petitioning the province to expand natural gas access in rural Ontario.
Councillor Steve Adams says there is a lot of interest and desire in the rural areas of Brockton for natural gas access.
Adams says while at one point this seemed like a reach for small communities like Chepstow or Cargill, it is now looking obtainable.
It’s Adam’s belief that adding access to natural gas in the rural sectors of Brockton would be one of the biggest initiatives the municipality could do from an economic development standpoint.
He says expanding natural gas access to rural Brockton will provide an economic advantage to residents, farmers and businesses.
It’s Adams hope that Brockton’s motion to the Province will make some traction.
Brockton’s motion also points out that natural gas access can provide residents on higher-emitting fuels with a lower carbon energy source that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As such Brockton is petitioning the Province to explore new ways to expand natural gas access to rural areas of Ontario.
The motion is being circulated to all municipalities across Ontario to solicit their support as well.
Adams says this is the first step for Brockton, it will be up to the newly elected Brockton Council to continue to carry this torch forward.
Along with AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) Brockton has also forwarded its resolution to MPP Lisa Thompson, EPCOR, Union Gas as well as the Liberal, Conservative and Green Party of Ontario.