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New funding to expand natural gas service in Fenelon, Cambray, Cameron

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The Province of Ontario announced more than $12 million in funding to expand natural gas services in Fenelon Falls, Cambray and Cameron as part of the 2017 Natural Gas Grant Program.

The funding will be used to construct a reinforcement and distribution pipeline to connect homes and businesses, including one large industrial customer in Fenelon Falls.

“Expanding access to natural gas will provide an alternative source of energy that is clean and affordable for residents and businesses in Fenelon Falls,” says Mayor Andy Letham.

“This is another great example of the City working with other levels of government to enhance services in our communities.”

“We look forward to welcoming Enbridge to Fenelon Falls and the potential they bring as another energy source for our homes and businesses,” says Councillor Doug Elmslie.

“Enbridge has the potential to strengthen and enhance our whole community. We anticipate a productive partnership on many fronts.”

This will be Enbridge Gas Distribution’s first community expansion project in almost 10 years. In Ontario, natural gas is the most affordable way to heat homes and water, with savings of up to $1,100 each year when compared to electricity, oil or propane.

“Enbridge Gas has been proudly serving customers for 170 years, delivering natural gas safely and reliably to more than two million homes and businesses in 100 communities across Ontario. We’re proud to be a part of this project that will expand natural gas service to the communities of Fenelon Falls, Cambray and Cameron,” says Jim Sanders, president, Enbridge Gas Distribution.

“We also want to thank the City of Kawartha Lakes for their support and contributions toward helping to bring natural gas to these communities.”

Construction is expected to begin this spring, with communities fully serviced with natural gas by spring 2019.

Upon the project’s completion, it’s expected that there will be more than 2,000 additional homes and businesses connected to natural gas in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

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Roderick Benns is the publisher of The Lindsay Advocate. He is the author of 'Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World,' and is also Vice Chair of the Ontario Basic Income Network. An award-winning author and journalist who grew up in Lindsay, Roderick has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Canada, Senators, and Mayors across Canada. He also wrote and published a series of books for youth about Canada's Prime Ministers as teens.

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