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We consider how we can better care for the environment in all that we do. Impacts on the Southern Bruce community will be minimized. We will work closely with stakeholders in order to ensure this.

Environmental Considerations

EPCOR has contracted Stantec to conduct a comprehensive environmental study of the construction and operation of the proposed natural gas pipelines. Stantec has more than 30 years of experience working in Ontario's natural gas industry.

The environmental study will meet the requirements of the Ontario Energy Board. We will be engaging landowners and consulting with Aboriginal communities, government agencies, and others who are interested in the project.

The environmental study and subsequent Environmental Report for the Project will be completed according to the Ontario Energy Board's (OEB) "Environmental Guidelines for the Location, Construction and Operation of Hydrocarbon Pipelines and Facilities in Ontario (2011)."

We will look to balance development with environmental considerations like:

  • Wildlife
  • Trees /Vegetation
  • Fish / Fish Habitat
  • Soil

The study will be undertaken during the earliest phase of the project, and will then be filed as part of EPCOR's application to the Ontario Energy Board for this project.

Local infrastructure impacts

We are proposing to build a 168 km natural gas distribution network in the communities of Southern Bruce County.

Once we have consulted with stakeholders, we will prepare a definitive proposal for design and development. We will have more technical information available at that time.

Employment impacts

We are currently in the planning stages of this project. Details on how the project will affect local employment in Southern Bruce communities will be available at a later date.

Consultation

  • EPCOR will engage landowners, residents, First Nations and Métis communities, as well as other interested stakeholders. This will help us understand what is most important when developing the pipeline route for this project.
  • EPCOR will continue to engage stakeholders over the coming months and bring more detail on the proposed route, as well as costs for customer connections.
  • After the October 2015 information sessions, another round of open houses will be scheduled to share more details on the project.