OEB Issues Leave to Construct Pipeline to Supply Halton Hills Generating Station



    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board (the Board)
issued a Decision and Order granting Union Gas Limited (Union) leave to
construct 4.5 kilometres of natural gas pipeline and ancillary facilities in
the Town of Halton Hills and the Town of Milton, to supply natural gas to the
Halton Hills Generating Station (Halton Hills GS) currently being constructed
by TransCanada Energy Ltd.
    The proposed pipeline will originate from a tie-in on Union's
Dawn/Trafalgar Transmission line at the 5th line and extend along the 5th line
and Highway 401 to the Halton Hills generating station near the intersection
of Highway 401 and the sixth line.

    
    In its Decision the Board noted:

    -   The proposed pipeline is needed to supply natural gas to the Halton
        Hills GS;
    -   The proposed project is the best alternative to supply natural gas to
        the Halton Hills GS;
    -   Union's commitment to ensure the recommendations of the Route
        Selection, Environmental and Socio-Economic Impact Assessment, and
        all conditions of approval are followed;
    -   The consultation process Union followed to identify to consult with
        Aboriginal Peoples groups who may be affected by the proposed
        pipeline, was appropriate and complete; and
    -   The project is economically feasible.
    

    Based on the evidence provided and the above findings, the Board
determined the project is in the public interest.

    The Ontario Energy Board regulates the province's electricity and natural
gas sectors in the public interest. It envisions a viable and efficient energy
sector with informed consumers served by responsive regulatory processes that
are effective, fair and transparent.
    For more information on the Board, please visit our web site at
www.oeb.gov.on.ca or contact the Consumer Relations Centre at 416-314-2455 or
toll-free at 1-877-632-2727.





For further information:

For further information: Vanda Wall, Ontario Energy Board, (416)
440-8149


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