For Release: 01/27/2014

Natural Gas Supply Improves at Minnesota Energy Resources; Conservation Appeals Lifted

Rosemount, MN – One of three large natural gas transmission pipelines damaged in Canada over the weekend has returned to service increasing natural gas supply to Minnesota Energy Resources. Because of the increase in supply, Minnesota Energy Resources says that residential customers can resume normal use of their natural gas appliances without straining the system.

"The return of the pipeline to service eases the stress on our system," said Barb Nick, President of Minnesota Energy Resources. "We know that conserving energy caused some discomfort for our customers and we appreciate their response to our appeals. With their help, we were able to maintain our system. Now that we're in a better position, we are beginning to lift the restrictions."

Minnesota Energy Resources has curtailed natural gas service to its commercial and industrial, interruptible customers. The company expects interruptions could continue during this unusually cold episode.

For more information about natural gas safety and cold weather tips, visit the company's website.

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