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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bailey Claims Credit for Lambton Generating Station Conversion Idea

Sarnia-Lambton | by Peter Jackson  

The Tory MPP called for conversion from coal to natural gas in February

The Progressive Conservative MPP for Sarnia-Lambton is taking a large part of the credit for a move by Ontario Power Generation to look at converting the Lambton electrical Generating Station.

OPG has asked Union Gas to examine the possibility of running a pipeline to the coal-fired facility in St. Clair Township to help keep it open.

Lambton is on a list of coal-fired generating stations the McGuinty government wants to close by 2014.

The Liberals say they contribute to air pollution and are not cost-effective to run.

Bob Bailey reminds us he first mentioned the natural gas conversion concept during the winter.

He maintains Lambton is a valuable asset because it's very close to a natural gas supply and that the local economy depends on the jobs it creates and maintains.

Bailey says if it does happen -- the Lambton makeover would take some time to complete.

The engineering and construction would take at least two years along with the interior conversion of the plant to burn natural gas instead of coal.

Word of the conversion concept only came out this week but the reaction in the community has been swift and positive.

Bailey is encouraged that residents are upbeat about the idea and are keeping their fingers crossed that the proposal might become a reality.

Environmental assessment and public consultation on the conversion plan could be done later this year and Union Gas would have to apply to the Ontario Energy Board for approval of the plan in 2012.

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