By Brent Boles, from www.theobserver.ca The Observer
A roughly five-kilometre pipeline might be coming down the pipe south of Sarnia.
The proposed Union Gas project would connect Sarnia to the Dawn Hub, one of the largest storage facilities in North America, said a Union Gas official.
“It gives us access to pretty much all the North American supply basins,” said spokesperson Andrea Stass. “It’s all about security of supply.”
The 20-inch steel pipeline would connect two facilities – one east of Ladysmith Road between Moore and Rokeby Line; and the other west of Highway 40 and south of Rokeby Line.
The company estimates the total distance would span 4.8 kilometres and based on maps posted on the company website, the route appears to follow existing roads.
The company has already held an information session in Mooretown and the next step for the proposal to move forward is approval from the Ontario Energy Board.
Stass said the group hopes to be able to start construction on the pipeline sometime in late spring of next year, which would put an estimated finishing time at around November 2015.
She added that Union Gas plans on working with the community during the construction process.
“We will use as many local resources as we can to build the pipeline,” she said. “We are also going to be paying property taxes.”
She estimated that the pipeline would provide an additional $90,000 a year for the community.
The pipeline will also position the company for the future.
“The second piece of it is it will also allow us to support future industrial growth in the area.”