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Natural Gas Expansion To Benefit Farmers: MPP

Grey Bruce | by Matt Hermiz  

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker says farmers have long wanted access to lower cost energy

The MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound says farmers are among the many who will benefit under the provincial government's new natural gas program.

Bill Walker says farmers have been asking for more access to natural gas for a lower-cost fuel source to power equipment.

"The farming community in particular has lobbied me for a long time. Particularly with those big grain dryers, saying 'we need low cost energy, to be able to be competitive and viable,'" Walker says. 

Premier Doug Ford recently announced to province's plan to introduce new legislation which will open up the natural gas program to more private sector involvement.

According to a government release, portions of the existing program are managed by a taxpayer-funded program.

"We campaigned on saying we would ensure people can have more affordability. Natural gas is one of those things where a lot of people, a lot of businesses rely on it," Walker says. "The more access we have, the lower the cost, is better for everyone."

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