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ANR-Guardian Bickering Continues

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 ANR customer.

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 Guardian project."

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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