Marathon Oil Corp. and Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska (CINGSA) reached an agreement for Marathon Alaska Production LLC to transfer gas from its storage facility at the Kenai Gas Field to CINGSA's nearby storage facility to cover potential gas supply shortfalls this winter, the companies said. Cook Inlet operates its facility on behalf of area utilities. "We appreciate Marathon's offer to sell additional gas volumes that help CINGSA meet our base gas requirements," said CINGSA Vice President Colleen Starring. "Given the nature of the two companies' storage facilities, these gas transfers will result in a net increase in gas deliverability for the winter peak demand period, thus increasing confidence in meeting winter peak energy needs this year." Marathon said its Kenai Gas Field storage facility has been available to meet emergency gas needs in the southcentral Alaska.

One worker was reported injured Tuesday by a natural gas pipeline explosion and fire at a construction site in McKinney, TX, about 30 miles north of Dallas. It was thought that a utility crew struck the gas line. No evacuations were required. Ray Granado, a spokesman for Dallas-based Atmos Energy, told news media the line is owned by Atmos. He did not provide further details and did not respond to NGI's requests for more information.

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