Resolutions Database

Resolution ID
5-17S
Year
2017
Convention
Spring
Title
Secure Access to Natural Gas Pipelines
Vote Required
3/5
Category
Energy
Type
Requires Endorsement
Majority Needed
Three - Fifths (3 / 5)
Current Status
Sent To Government
Vote Results
Carried
Sponsor List
  • Lac La Biche County
District
  • 5 - Edmonton East
Preamble

WHEREAS sourcing of natural gas is a high priority of municipalities and natural gas co-ops in rural Alberta in order to serve our residents; and

WHEREAS high volumes of natural gas are available through privately-owned pipelines; and

WHEREAS rural municipalities and gas co-ops use privately-owned, high-pressure pipelines to supply natural gas to their customers and constituents; and

WHEREAS some privately-owned pipelines are being abandoned because they are no longer viable for the owner; and

WHEREAS rural municipalities and gas co-ops face additional costs and uncertainties because of these abandonments; and

WHEREAS these uncertainties limit cost-effective planning and expansion of natural gas systems for rural municipalities and gas co-ops;

Operative Clause

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, in conjunction with the Federation of Alberta Gas Co-ops and Gas Alberta, request the governments of Canada and Alberta to develop legislation and provide financial assistance to maintain certainty of access to natural gas pipelines for rural municipalities and gas co-ops in Alberta.

Member Background

Oil and gas companies are the current owners of the Alberta Gas Trunk Line (AGTL) and Nova pipeline facilities built across Alberta generations ago.

Across Alberta, many towns, villages, counties and rural natural gas co-ops have used these pipelines and facilities to supply natural gas to their communities. Many of these pipelines have become uneconomic to operate for their owners and are being scheduled for closure and abandonment. Some of these are located in Lac La Biche County.

If these abandonments are allowed to continue, rural Albertans will have to absorb additional costs for new infrastructure to replace the abandoned pipelines. In Lac La Biche County’s case, a potential line abandonment would cost the local gas co-operative $410,000 for a new regulating/metering/odourizing station plus pipeline costs to the new location and limit any needed expansion of the Hamlet of Lac La Biche’s natural gas system for future needs.

AAMDC Background

The AAMDC has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.

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