Union Gas Expansion Planned In Grey County

Union Gas plans to build up to 36 km of 12 inch diameter natural gas pipeline in West Grey and Chatsworth to meet demand and growth in the region.

Two public meetings are planned to assess the potential environmental and socio-economic effects of the project, and outline plans to avoid or mitigate any issues.

West Grey Mayor Kevin Eccles says residents can learn more about the Owen Sound Phase 4 Reinforcement Project at a meeting at the Durham Community Centre Tuesday evening.

“For many of the rural residents, where the lines going to go by, basically through Bentinck Township and on up into Sullivan Township, it’ll be the feeder line, so there won’t be any cost, but there may be a bit of a nuisance to it as the construction goes along on some of the municipal roadways,” says Eccles.

The second information session is Wednesday at the Williamsford Community Centre.   Both meetings run from 5pm to 8pm.

A Leave-to-construct application will be submitted on the project to the Ontario Energy Board this fall.

In the meantime, Eccles says rural residents in the Ayton and Neustadt area may soon have access to natural gas.    They are still awaiting approval for that expansion, but he’s hopeful that will come late in 2018.