Residents of Southern Bruce County are getting closer to having the option to switch to natural gas.
EPCOR recently filed applications for the final regulatory approval needed from the Ontario Energy Board.
The ''leave to construct'' application is the final hurdle to conquer before the company can build their natural gas distribution system and establish rates for Southern Bruce Customers.
Residents of Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie have waited over 6 years since talks began betwen the three municipalities to bring natural gas to the area.
On September 20th, 2018 the Province introduced new legislation to facilitate natural gas expansion.
Bill 32, if passed, will provide the necessary tools for the provincial government to enable the private sector, working with local communities, to expand natural gas infrastructure.
But regulatory tools are also required to make sure that the extensive work the Southern Bruce communities have made over many years is recognized and respected, and that no further delays arise.
With major equipment and preconstruction activities planned for this fall, the province needs to act as quickly as possible to achieve the goal of natural gas expansion in Southern Bruce in a way that will not affect taxpayers.