ANR-Guardian Bickering Continues
Where is the love? Coastal's ANR Pipeline and backers of the
Guardian Pipeline, which challenges ANR's Wisconsin, were at it
again last week, sniping at each other via press release.
First, ANR called for Guardian backers to make financing details
of the project public to prove whether it would reduce Wisconsin
gas prices. "The fact is, it isn't true," that Guardian would cut
gas prices, said Dan Gunderson, ANR corporate affairs director. He
told members of the group Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
(WMC) that Guardian should "have nothing to fear by stepping out
from behind a dark curtain of secrecy.
"We urge WMC to ensure that the proposed Guardian Pipeline
receive no support until it... deals openly and honestly with
businesses and individual ratepayers." ANR contends almost 90% of
Guardian's capacity would be used to serve Wisconsin Gas, a current
As pipeline competitors rarely, if ever, turn the other cheek,
Wisconsin Gas --- a supporter of the 184-mile southeastern
Wisconsin pipeline --- fired back. Spokesman David Fantle said both
ANR and the Guardian partners made presentations to the WMC group
Energy Committee. "Based on the recommendation of the Energy
Committee, the WMC board of directors came out in support of the
Stepping into the fray, the WMC came out with its own release
saying it supports Guardian. "WMC supports this and future efforts
to provide increased supply of clean-burning natural gas for
Wisconsin," said WMC President James S. Haney. "In addition to
Guardian, other pipeline projects currently on the drawing board
could help protect Wisconsin's economic future." So there.
Joe Fisher, Houston
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