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Xcel Energy lifts conservation appeals for natural gas customers


FARGO (KFGO-AM) -- Xcel Energy says the emergency is over and customers can turn their heat up again.

A weekend natural gas pipeline rupture near Winnipeg prompted Xcel to ask customers in Fargo, Moorhead, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks to turn their thermostats down to 60 degrees. Xcel's Mark Nisbet says the gas line coming from Canada has been repressurized and the system is able to withstand the increased load.

Nisbet expressed thanks to the customers who complied and turned their heat down. He says it helped keep Xcel's system up and running.

Thousands of residents in southeast Manitoba have been without natural gas and heat since the weekend explosion. Several communities have declared emergencies and set up shelters for those in need.