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  Opening comments: 

       As of May 17-05, have not recived a specific reply from Mr. Peterson's office about this and as he tried to aviod the question in the public meeting (Mar. 10-05). 

       The concern that swichting to Natural gas could have deep and hidden flaws is one that many others, even those in the business community are beging to question and one we should raise.   If you use gas to heat or cook with should not be interested in what could greatly raise its price, create storages or even make it unattainable, for what-ever reason.

       For more about how unwise the switch to natural gas for power generation could be - Click here.

FCB Letter head
Tim Peterson, M.P.P.
1020 Johnson's Lane, Unit B1,
Mississauga, Ont. L5J 2P7

RE:    EPCOR related questions - not statements.

Dear Mr. Peterson;                                                                                                                                                                    Mar. 11, 2005

    These are the questions regarding the supply of nature gas that was promised to you last night and which you agreed to investigate.

    Having spoken to both Dr. Upper and the Sierra Club of Canada very serious concerns have arisen regarding the volume of gas needed to feed the Liberal governments rush to close coal-fired generators and replace them with natural gas-fired ones.  What has been noted is that one natural gas-fired generator like the Sithe generator at Southdown Rd. would require a significant volume of gas to run, from the existing pipe lines.  That gas protection in the west has "peeked".

    So the questions to Tim Peterson and the Liberal government that were requested last night and which the public clearly supported full disclosure of, are;

    How many plants does the Liberal government plan to have built and how much natural gas is projected to be necessary to run them, as intended?

    Is the supply of the needed volume of natural gas secure?  Meaning, is it currently available or would new drilling (say in the Arctic) and pipes be required?  Is there any chance that these new power plants would create a shortage of natural gas, which could drive up the price of this fuel for all consumers?

    Can the Liberal government guarantee that they can ensure the supply of cheap natural gas for these power plants, in short & long term?

    Is there any chance this drive to switch over to natural gas-fired power generators could lead to drilling in the Arctic regions and/or other environmentally sensitive areas, regardless of its environmental impact?

    I am willing to discuss my letter with you. My phone number is (905) ***-**** & e-mail donbar(at)
Please leave detailed messages on my answering machine & I will get back to you.

Sincerely yours,

Donald Barber, President, FCB & Chair, CRRA.

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