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January natural gas pipeline rupture in Canada leads local officials to dust off contingency disaster plans

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Following a Canadian natural gas pipeline rupture that caused Xcel Energy to tap its local reserve supply, emergency officials revisited disaster plans for dealing with potential heating shortages. The Jan. 25 natural gas transportation problem did not result in an actual shortage — though customers voluntarily were asked to curb their usage as utility companies rerouted fuel around the broken ...

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Calls to turn down heat went out to nearly 46,000 in region


Nearly 46,000 Chippewa Valley residents received surprise wake-up calls late Saturday and early Sunday requesting they turn down their heat despite the subzero temperatures outside. The automated telephone calls from Xcel Energy urging people to turn their thermostats to 60 degrees or lower to prevent a power outage startled some from their sleep. “You just don’t expect the phone to ...

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