Gas break in works

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

“We have been push­ing for the need for more wide­spread, af­ford­able nat­u­ral gas en­ergy across ru­ral On­tario, so this is en­cour­ag­ing news for the agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity,” says Keith Cur­rie, Pres­i­dent of the On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture (OFA).

He was re­spond­ing to On­tario Pre­mier Doug Ford’s an­nounce­ment of pro­posed new leg­is­la­tion, The Ac­cess to Nat­u­ral Gas Act, that would en­cour­age part­ner­ships be­tween pri­vate gas dis­trib­u­tors and com­mu­ni­ties to de­velop projects that ex­pand ac­cess to nat­u­ral gas. If the new leg­is­la­tion is passed, the On­tario gov­ern­ment says it will work with the On­tario En­ergy Board to de­velop reg­u­la­tions to en­able the pro­gram this fall.

“En­ergy is one of the largest in­puts on farms, and we need ac­cess to nat­u­ral gas to help boost the com­pet­i­tive­ness of ru­ral On­tario com­mu­ni­ties, busi­nesses and farms,” says Mr. Cur­rie. “And nat­u­ral gas is the sin­gle most im­por­tant in­vest­ment that will de­liver a com­pet­i­tive edge to con­tinue to drive growth in ru­ral On­tario.”

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