GFL Environmental spearheads renewable gas project, sparks hope for economic growth

GFL facility

Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry council has passed a motion that would see GFL Environmental Inc. extend existing natural gas infrastructure to the company’s Eastern Ontario Waste Handling Facility in Moose Creek.

The project would convert existing landfill gas into a fuel source to produce renewable natural gas (RNG).

GFL would invest $60 million to build an RNG plant that would take the gases from the landfill, convert them into RNG and inject them into the North American natural gas grid.

With this project, GFL hopes to spur economic interest in the region, including job creation and residential expansion, as well as make a significant contribution to Canada’s renewable gas industry. The resolution was signed by council on Monday, and letters have been sent to five ministries for approval. 

The resolution put forward by SD&G council in support of the project cited the new RNG plant’s environmental benefit, which could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 175,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents and support Canada’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050. This would be equal to removing 53,000 automobiles from the road for a year.

The volume of gas would advance Canada’s natural gas industry’s goal of having five per cent RNG blended into natural gas streams by 2025, and 10 per cent by 2030.

Tara Kirkpatrick, manager of economic development for SD&G, said the project will have a “resounding impact” on SD&G’s infrastructure.

“By bringing the pipeline from St. Albert to Moose Creek, it will open up enormous opportunities for residential and economic growth in that area,” said Kirkpatrick.

Council is seeking support from the federal and provincial governments for the project. GFL Environmental is also going through the steps to expand its landfill operations near Moose Creek by 15.1 million cubic metres, allowing it to extend operations there by another 20 years.