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South Bruce Natural Gas Expansion Clears Hurdle

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Approval given by Brockton council to run pipeline

Brockton has given EPCOR the green light to build 7 km’s of its natural gas pipeline through a portion of the municipality.

Brockton’s approval was a necessity in order for EPCOR to move forward with its Southern Bruce Natural Gas project for Arran Elderslie, Huron Kinloss and Kincardine. 

In July EPCOR requested Brockton’s blessing on the matter but Council was hesitant and unwilling to sign at the time.

The municipality first wanted to tweak the agreement to ensure Brockton was protected from any unforeseen future costs associated with the arrangement.

As such they had a solicitor look over the agreement and revise it slightly.

The new revised agreement has addressed Council’s original concerns, providing Councilors with the confidence to enter into the franchise agreement with EPCOR.

Deputy Mayor Dan Gieruszak is satisfied with the revised agreement and is happy Brockton can help pave the way for other communities to receive natural gas. 

It is Council’s hope and belief that the municipality’s good will towards EPCOR will pay off in the future with EPCOR bringing natural gas to the rural sections of Brockton.

Gieruszak would love to see natural gas come to Brockton’s small villages and hamlets as well as it farming community.

He says natural gas would be a great benefit for large agricultural operations.

With Brockton’s support now in hand, EPCOR needs one more approval before moving to the next step.

The Ontario Energy Board must now approve the terms and conditions contained in the Franchise Agreement between Brockton and EPCOR.

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