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We value the environment and the communities we work in. EPCOR works closely with stakeholders to ensure impacts, both to the Southern Bruce community and natural environment, are minimized.

Environmental Considerations

EPCOR has contracted Stantec, with more than 30 years of experience working in Ontario’s natural gas industry, to conduct a comprehensive environmental study of the construction and operation of the proposed natural gas pipeline. The environmental report will be submitted to the Ontario Energy Board to meet the intent of the Ontario Energy Board’s Environmental Guidelines for the Location, Construction and Operation of Hydrocarbon Pipelines and facilities in Ontario, 7th Edition (2016).

We have consulted with landowners, residents, Aboriginal communities, government agencies, and others who are interested in the project in order to balance the Project’s development with environmental considerations. These considerations include:

  • First Nations and Métis Interests
  • Wildlife habitat and Species at Risk
  • Water resources and waterways
  • Soils and agricultural lands
  • Impacts to residents and businesses
  • Heritage resources and Cultural Heritage Landscapes

Local infrastructure impacts

The proposed pipeline consists of approximately 75 km of steel high pressure pipe and approximately 45 km of medium density polyethylene pipe. Through a combined 178 km of distribution piping, natural gas service will be provided to a maximized number of customer connections including residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial customers in Arran-Elderslie, Kincardine, and Huron-Kinloss.

Employment impacts

Contractors and suppliers play a vital role in our ability to do business. We are currently in the planning stages of this project. Details on how the project will affect local employment, as well as employment opportunities, in Southern Bruce communities will be available at a later date.

Consultation

  • EPCOR continues to engage landowners, residents, First Nations and Métis communities, as well as other directly-affected and interested stakeholders in the development of this project, and will continue to respond to concerns throughout the life of the Project.
  • In May, EPCOR held 3 drop-in information sessions for the public to learn about the proposed project.
  • More information about EPCOR's Public Information Sessions.

Environmental Report

View the final environmental report (564MB).