Util­ity seeks part­ners in ex­tend­ing nat­u­ral gas ser­vice to Sh­effield

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Union Gas is looking at ex­tend­ing ser­vice to the ru­ral vil­lage of Sh­effield — if the city and prov­ince help pay the cost of pipe­line ex­ten­sion.

The com­pany is propos­ing to ap­ply for cap­i­tal fund­ing un­der a new pro­vin­cial grant pro­gram that would al­low ex­ten­sion of nat­u­ral gas ser­vice to much of the ham­let of around 300 house­holds.

The pro­vin­cial pro­gram re­quires a mu­nic­i­pal con­tri­bu­tion for build­ing costs, in this case a com­mit­ment of about $5,000 a year for a decade — or the equiv­a­lent of an­nual prop­erty taxes Union Gas would pay on a new pipe­line.

Ru­ral res­i­dents who choose to hook up to the new line would also pay an an­nual sur­charge to­ward build­ing costs. For the av­er­age nat­u­ral gas user in Hamil­ton, that equates to about $500 a year.

Union Gas of­fi­cials told coun­cil­lors Mon­day they ex­pect Sh­effield res­i­dents who tap into the new pipe­line and pay the sur­charge would still save money com­pared to the cost of heat­ing via other meth­ods, such as elec­tric­ity.

Coun­cil­lors voted to en­dorse the grant ap­pli­ca­tion in prin­ci­ple to meet an end-of-July dead­line.

But they also asked for more in­for­ma­tion about fi­nan­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pli­ca­tions of the pro­posed pipe­line ex­pan­sion, as well as pub­lic meet­ings, be­fore any fi­nal vote to au­tho­rize a project takes place.

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