An EPCOR map shows where and when natural gas lines will be built to service southern Bruce County.
(Image courtesy EPCOR)
Brockton council has approved a franchise agreement to allow EPCOR Natural Gas Limited to bring a natural gas pipeline to service southern Bruce County across the municipality’s northern boundary.But there was disappointment that the company isn’t allowed to service Brockton residences along the line at this time.The line will travel along the town line between Brockton and Arran-Elderslie“It’s good for a start. We welcome EPCOR to the community. We’re disappointed that (the Ontario Energy Board) won’t allow residents in Brockton to hook on,” said Mayor Chris Peabody.Enbridge already services Walkerton and could extend its services north to all of Brockton, but it is unlikely the company would go that far.“At the end of the day whoever services our small hamlets we’ll be happy,” said Peabody. “ We want some regulatory relief. It’s unfair that regulations are prohibiting people in northern Brockton to hook onto an existing pipeline; even if you’re two metres from it you can’t hook on. We think that’s really unfair.”EPCOR spokesperson Ryan Litwinow said the company’s hands are tied“Right now the regulations are what they are. We’re not allowed to service any of the consumers outside our franchise agreement.”EPCOR cannot enter Enbridge’s service area in Brockton, he said.“It has taken us a long to get to the point where we are today and we’re excited to begin construction and get the communities and the residents that are part of the project served with natural gas,” he saidBut Peabody isn’t giving up.“We’re going to do some lobbying of the provincial cabinet to make sure that our residents in northern Brockton can get natural gas,” he said.The $80 million Southern Bruce Natural Gas project was launched with an official sod turning on July 30 in Kincardine. Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie said getting natural gas to the area was the hardest challenge she has faced in her political career.This year the line is expected to reach the Bruce Energy Centre, then go to Kincardine, Inverhuron and Tiverton in 2020 and end up at Paisley, Chesley, Lucknow, Ripley Lurgan Beach and Port Clark in 2021.