Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC)

Township of Huron-Kinloss

Township of Huron-Kinloss
Municipality of Kincardine

Municipality of Kincardine
Municipality of Arran-Elderslie

Municipality of Arran-Elderslie

September 06, 2011 16:22 ET

Southwest Bruce County Natural Gas Project Gains Political Attention

KINCARDINE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2011) - Together, the three Mayors of the Municipalities of Arran-Elderslie, Huron-Kinloss and Kincardine are currently meeting with upper levels of government to garner support with their pursuit of an estimated $44 million natural gas project.

A feasibility study is currently underway to establish a compelling business case that will lead to securing natural gas to southwest Bruce County, a remaining area of Southwestern Ontario without the much needed natural gas.

The three Municipalities have secured a solid public-private partnership with local area industries to help finance the feasibility study. Once the study validates the potential customer base and natural gas supply to the area, an Environmental Assessment will require approval by the Ontario Energy Board in order to proceed.

"This project will help families by making their energy costs more affordable and it will make businesses more competitive in Huron-Bruce," said Ben Lobb, MP, Huron-Bruce.

"Bringing natural gas to our area will provide economic stimulus and help establish a competitive environment for our industries to grow" said Carol Mitchell, MPP, Huron-Bruce, and Agriculture Minister.

"We recognize the importance of this project for our citizens and industry and given the magnitude of this project, shared financial support will be required from upper levels of government and industry," said Mitch Towlan, Mayor, Huron-Kinloss.

Based in Kincardine, the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC) is facilitating the development of this project. "From an economic development context, securing natural gas into our area will lead to new employment and also help ensure business retention of existing industries currently suffering without natural gas," said Mense (Jim) Prenger, President, PREDC and Chairperson of the Natural Gas Project Committee.

"Natural gas equals competitive communities"

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  • Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation
    Mense (Jim) Prenger