Northern Superior Chief supports Generating Station conversion

UOI OFFICES (FORT WILLIAM FN), June 13, 2013 /CNW/ - With the increase on the demand for hydro imminent in the region due to the mining development in the North, Northern Superior Regional Grand Chief Peter Collins supports the proposal put forth by the City of Thunder Bay to have the Thunder Bay Generating Station converted to Natural Gas.

"The demands on hydro are expected to increase significantly and this proposed conversion is the most efficient and cost effective method of meeting those needs. This development is crucial to our economy growth and sustainability," says Northern Superior Regional Grand Chief Peter Collins. "Furthermore, it will benefit our local communities and citizens in ensuring adequate and cost effective service overall."

"The City of Thunder Bay, along with local partners, have worked diligently in coming up with a cost effective and sustainable plan of action.  We are all aware of the limited resources and high costs placed on the everyday consumer for energy.  This plan will allow us to meet these needs, still serve our communities and improve overall service provision throughout the region," says Regional Chief Collins.

The City of Thunder Bay has requested support from the province in meeting these crucial energy demands and following through with the Thunder Bay Generatin Station conversion.  The need is proven and the options, as presented, allow for the most responsible and sustainable choice.

The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.

SOURCE: Anishinabek Nation

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