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Toronto should have input on plan to replace GTHA pipeline: Coun. Peruzza

Last Updated May 15, 2019 at 9:12 am EDT

Imperial Oil is looking to replace a decades-old existing pipe that currently carries refined oil between its Waterdown pump station in Hamilton and its Finch Terminal in North York. Documents from Imperial Oil’s website say that construction is expected to cross five major highways, including the 401 at the 427.

The Ontario Energy Board has the final say on whether or not this new project will move forward.

Toronto city Councillor Anthony Peruzza introduced a motion in council on Tuesday to make sure the city is a part of the decision-making process.

“We need to be there so we know exactly what they are doing … I want to make sure that whatever Imperial Oil does by way of making a new line and pumping refined oil from Hamilton to Toronto, that it’s done safely and there are no disasters,” Peruzza says.

At the beginning of 2019, the GTA experienced a wide spread gas shortage. Some retailers weren’t receiving shipments partly because delivery trucks couldn’t travel in the extreme winter weather.

Senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague says this new pipeline could partly solve that problem.

“Rather than driving trucks from Hamilton all the way into Toronto a pipeline would be able to deliver it to a terminal in the north … any pipeline is far more efficient than storming up traffic with 70-80 foot trucks … once a pipeline is working it runs 24/7 unless there’s an interruption. “

Imperial Oil’s website suggests that community consultations for this project have been ongoing since last summer. If approved by the Ontario Energy Board, the pipeline could be operational by 2020.

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