Access to natural gas service is something residents in the North Thompson have been waiting years for, noted member of parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Frank Caputo.
In a letter addressed to president and CEO of FortisBC, Roger Dall’Antonia, Caputo brings attention to the lack of natural gas service along Highway 5, namely in Barriere and Clearwater. The lack of service has led to higher home energy costs, said the MP.
He added natural gas service would be more energy efficient and would be an economic driver for the area as well.
“These communities have been waiting for years to be granted access to this critical service, and yet there are currently no plans for the infrastructure to be built,” the letter reads. “The municipalities have yet to hear whether there are concrete plans to facilitate natural gas services to the area.”
Caputo admits the responsibility of supplying the service doesn’t solely rely on FortisBC, but said he will do “what is within my power” as a federal representative “to ensure these concerns are known at the federal level.”
The letter further acknowledges that a partnership between all levels of government is key to push a project like natural gas service forward.
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