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Rural propane customers looking at natural gas as alternative

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The propane fuel shortage has customers seeing blue -- the color of a natural gas flame.

The Wisconsin Public Service utility has received calls from rural propane customers, asking how much it would cost to hook up to the utility's natural gas lines.

Meanwhile, We Energies said it got requests from nine communities to install gas service between Eau Claire and Tomah. The utility had already asked the state to expand its gas laterals in that area, in part to serve dozens of new frac-sand mines in west central Wisconsin.

The utility has been considering an 85 mile project at a cost of up to $170 million -- and it's been looking for new customers along that line, long before the propane shortage hit.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)