TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board (the "Board")
issued a Decision granting Hydro One Networks Inc. ("Hydro One") an interim
order with conditions until April 1, 2009 allowing entry onto land to conduct
certain survey, testing, appraisal and investigative activities for a proposed
Hydro One is proposing to construct a new high voltage transmission line
from the Bruce Power complex on the eastern shore of Lake Huron to Hydro One's
Milton Switching Station. The new transmission line would be 180 km long and
would cross approximately 450 different properties.
Hydro One applied to the Board under section 98 of the Ontario Energy
Board Act for an interim order to enter on the land at the intended location
of the new line. That application followed Hydro One's initial Leave to
Construct Application for the transmission line, currently being considered by
the Board with the oral hearing scheduled for January 2008.
The Board concluded that the survey, testing, appraisal and investigative
activities identified by Hydro One are appropriate activities to be conducted
under an interim order for entry to land and that the granting of the
requested interim order is in the public interest. The Board has imposed a
number of conditions on the order, many of which were negotiated between Hydro
One and the affected landowners. The conditions establish how Hydro One is to
conduct the work to ensure disruption to landowners is kept to a minimum.
Hydro One will also be responsible for any damages that occur.
The OEB regulates the province's electricity and natural gas sectors in
the public interest. It envisions a viable and efficient energy sector with
informed consumers, and works towards this vision through regulatory processes
that are effective, fair and transparent.
For more information on the Board or the Decision, please visit our
website 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: Paul Crawford, Ontario Energy Board, (416)