abc
QUICK LINKS:

Canada Pipeline Explosion Doesn't Affect Duluth, City Gets Gas Elsewhere

Updated: 01/27/2014 8:35 PM
Created: 01/27/2014 5:47 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

When temperatures drop this low, the last thing you probably want to do is turn down the heat, but that's what some natural gas users in the upper Midwest had to do.

The appeal for conservation for some Xcel Energy customers came after a Canadian pipeline exploded Saturday. Impacted areas in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota received natural gas from the shut down gas lines.

Customers were asked to turn down the heat and avoid using natural gas appliances. The conservation request was lifted Monday afternoon after one of three closed lines got back up and running.

The Northland was not affected by the explosion. Officials said Duluth doesn't get natural gas from Canada.

"We're not impacted at all," Duluth Utility Operations Manager Howard Jacobson said. "We're getting gas from the south and eastern part of the country."

Even if an explosion happened at one of the pipelines that services our area, Jacobson said the city would still be in good shape

"We have two pipelines that feed us," Jacobson said. "If we had a problem on one of the systems, we would have the second system as a back up. Duluth is very fortunate that way. Some communities are just serviced by one pipeline."

Jacobson said Duluth has used much more natural gas than normal this year.

Duluth used one billion cubic feet of natural gas in December. That's one fifth of the amount of natural gas typically used in an entire year.

Front Page

  • Trial Proceedings Start in Minnesota Murder Trial

    On Monday, a jury will begin hearing the case of a central Minnesota man who shot and killed two teens who entered his home. Byron Smith says he shot the teens in self-defense, but authorities say he went too far when he shot them multiple times.

  • Northlanders Share Thoughts About Pope Francis On His Second Easter

    From the Vatican to a rural parish in Duluth, many people of many faiths celebrated Easter Sunday. Eyewitness News talked to Catholics in the Northland about Pope Francis and his affect on the church a year after being elected.

  • Wisconsin DNR Assessing Winter Deer Kill

    Wisconsin wildlife officials are using road-kill and radio-tracking data to assess the harsh winter's effect on the state's deer herd. Department of Natural Resources staffers are looking for 10 carcasses in every county so they can check a number of biological signs, such as fat stores and pregnancy. They're also is closely watching survival rates of more than 200 deer with radio collars in the northern forest and eastern farmland areas of the state.  

  • Victim Identified in Fatal Cass County Crash

    The Minnesota State Patrol said one person was killed and two others seriously injured in a three-vehicle accident in Cass County. The accident happened on Highway 64 just before 2 p.m. on Saturday.

  • I-35 Lanes Reduced Starting Monday Near Cloquet for Bridge Repair

    Traffic may be moving slower than normal travelling south on Interstate 35 near Cloquet starting Monday. MnDOT says a stretch from County Rd. 3 to Highway 33 will be reduced to a single lane for about two weeks. 

 

Flood Warning

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Aitkin; Crow Wing
Expires: 4/25/2014 7:00 PM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement