The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is taking steps to protect consumers over potential natural gas price increases in the future. North Bay chamber of commerce vice president Steve Dreany says the OCC has passed a resolution that calls for natural gas users not to be hit with the cost of building another pipeline if another is ever needed.
Union Gas has two pipelines where it uses one now and has the second for future growth. But Trans Canada Pipeline could buy that surplus line as it moves forward with its Energy East Pipeline.
The question becomes would consumers have to pay for construction of another line if Union Gas ever needs a second line. Dreany says under the resolution, the Ontario Energy Board would be asked to protect consumers in this scenario.