Participate in the process
Learn how to participate in proceedings related to this project:
Website: OEB's website
Tel: 1 (877) 632-2727
EPCOR has been working since 2015 to bring natural gas service to the area. In 2016, the Municipality of Kincardine, Township of Huron-Kinloss and the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie selected EPCOR as the preferred provider through a competitive process and entered into gas distribution franchise agreements.
The OEB regulates the natural gas industry in Ontario in the public's interest. Under Section 90 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, the OEB's review and approval are required before the Project can proceed. Here's an overview of the regulatory process:
October 2018: We
applied to transfer the certificates of public convenience and necessity to EPCOR Natural Gas Limited Partnership to consolidate our natural gas operations in Ontario under a single entity. The OEB approved this application in November 2018.
Fall 2018: We filed our Leave to Construct (EB-2018-0263) and Rate (EB-2018-0264) applications with the
July 2018: We completed the report for the environmental study.
April 2018: After a detailed and public competitive process, the
OEB awarded EPCOR the project and issued the certificates of public convenience and necessity.
October 2017: EPCOR submitted the
Common Infrastructure Plan to the OEB
EPCOR's Leave to Construct application includes comprehensive information on the project, including: the need for the project, facility alternatives, project costs and economics, pipeline design, pipeline construction, environmental mitigation measures, land requirements, and Aboriginal consultation.
If our applications are approved, construction of the pipeline is expected to begin in Q2 2019.
The OEB will hold a public hearing to review the project. This includes notices in local newspapers, letters to directly affected landowners, the opportunity for the general public and landowners to ask questions and submit questions regarding the project, and a written decision regarding the project.
If, after this review, the OEB finds the project is in the public interest, it will approve construction of the pipelines. If the project is approved the OEB normally attaches conditions to its approval with which EPCOR will comply during the construction and restoration process.