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Brockton Mayor Optimistic After Enbridge Meeting

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Chris Peabody pushing for natural gas in rural areas of municipality.

Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody is cautiously optimistic about his recent meeting with Enbridge officials in Ottawa.

He would like Enbridge to tap into the 37 kms worth of EPCOR pipeline which will run through Brockton as part of the Southern Bruce Natural Gas Pipeline.

Peabody says there are many large farm operations as well the rural villages and hamlets in Brockton that would greatly benefit from natural gas.

However, Enbridge is not Brockton's only hope as any natural gas proponent has the opportunity to apply to the Ontario Energy Board to service Brockton. 

Peabody welcomes any utility company with an interest and a business plan to come forth.

With the Enbridge connection now made, Peabody is turning his attention to the local MPPs.

On September 30th, in conjunction with the Bruce County Federation of Agriculture, Peabody is meeting with MPP Lisa Thompson and Bill Walker in Walkerton.

He says it will be a joint lobbying effort with the farmers for legislative changes to Bill 32 which governs the distribution of natural gas.

In the meantime, on September 10th, Peabody and Brockton's CAO will also be meeting with an EPCOR representative who is flying in from Edmonton to discuss the local pipeline plans.

Brockton was originally of the understanding that residents within 500 meters of the EPCOR line running through Brockton would likely have an opportunity to tap into the pipeline through EPCOR.

Brockton was very disappointed to learn that this is currently not the case.

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