More than a million Wisconsin customers have asked to keep the gas after the pipeline failure

Amid sub-zero temperatures, more than a million customers across Wisconsin are being told to conserve natural gas due to a pipeline failure.

We Energies advised customers to immediately turn their thermostats to 62 degrees or less on Friday night to prevent widespread service outages.

Guardian Pipeline notified customers on Friday that it had restricted the flow of northbound gas on an interstate pipeline due to unplanned maintenance at a compressor station in Illinois.

We Energies spokesman Brendan Conway said Guardian had cut gas supplies at the utilities by 30%.

Conway said the utilities are siphoning off LNG and propane storage facilities and have cut gas supplies to business customers whose contracts allow outages. But due to extreme cold gripping much of the country, the facility is unable to get gas from other pipeline suppliers.

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A spokesperson for the pipeline company said one of the two faulty valves was repaired Friday night and crews are working on the second to restore capacity “in due course”.

We Energies said it would reassess the situation and update customers on Saturday.

In addition to turning off thermostats, the company is asking residents to avoid secondary gas heaters, ovens, stoves, and clothes dryers.

The National Weather Service forecast low temperatures of zero to minus 14 degrees across Wisconsin Friday night.

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