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Pettapiece lauds approval of natural gas expansion to Perth East

September 12, 2017

(Queen’s Park) – Earlier today, Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece delivered a statement in the legislature on the Ontario Energy Board’s recent approval of natural gas service to Perth East. The text of the statement may be found below:

I am happy to report that the Ontario Energy Board has approved natural gas to service more of Perth-Wellington. We’re told that natural gas will come to Milverton later this fall and to Rostock and Wartburg by the middle of 2018.

It may have taken a while, but it’s still good news. I want to acknowledge the Township of Perth East—Mayor Bob McMillan, council and staff—for making it happen.

Years of hard work are paying off.

I would also like to thank Union Gas for advancing this proposal with the Ontario Energy Board, and working with the Township to overcome obstacles along the way.

I was pleased to support this proposal from Day One. We wrote to the OEB, the MOE, the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, and to the Premier.

Here’s why this is so important.

Along with propane and diesel fuel, natural gas is a vital part of our energy mix – especially for those of us living in rural and small town Ontario.

So to extend service to Perth East is just common sense. It will lower energy costs for hundreds of residents and business owners and make our community a more attractive place to invest.

It’s encouraging that this government is coming around to the benefits of natural gas. Until recently, they wanted to ban natural gas altogether under their so-called ‘Climate Change Action Plan’.

Again, I congratulate the Township of Perth East, and everyone involved in this successful application.