Natural gas service coming to Cornwall Island

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Natural gas service coming to Cornwall Island
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AKWESASNE – The Ontario government has announced that it has awarded funding to Enbridge Gas Distribution to potentially bring low cost natural gas to Kawehno:ke (Cornwall Island.)

Funding of $3,447,000 was granted by Ontario from the province’s Natural Gas Grant Program.  A total of 11 new projects were announced that will potentially bring natural gas to several First Nations communities and Ontario towns.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and Enbridge Gas Distribution have begun discussions on how the project can be implemented, which would include the construction of a natural gas transfer station and distribution network to provide access to homes and businesses on Kawehno:ke. 

MCA’s Environment Program is prepared to enter into an agreement with Enbridge to conduct the mandatory environmental assessment before any project can begin.

“The investment will help more people across Ontario connect to natural gas and significantly lower their heating costs,” Ontario’s Ministry of Infrastructure announced. 

MCA Grand Chief Abram Benedict said, “This project has the potential to significantly alleviate the burden Kawehno:ke community members currently face with the higher than normal electricity costs.   Natural gas is the preferred choice for both heat and hot water in Ontario on account of its affordability.”

Information meetings will be conducted to share further details of the project as plans are developed.

If you have any questions, please contact the Mohawk Government Office at 613-575-2348 or speak to a Council Chief.

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