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Fuel Pipeline Leak Causes State of Emergency in Nevada


Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) Friday night declared a state of emergency after a pipeline that supplies fuel to Las Vegas and Southern Nevada started to leak.

The leak was detected at a pumping station in Long Beach, California.

Drivers rushed in a frenzy to fill their tanks in case of a fuel shortage.


“Tonight, I declared a state of emergency to help mitigate the impact of the California fuel pipeline leak in Southern Nevada,” Gov. Joe Lombardo said in a statement.

“This emergency declaration will allow us to receive federal waivers and resources as we navigate the evolving repair timeline, and it will allow us to increase transportation of fuel by other means during this time.”

“In coordination with Governor Lombardo, Clark County has issued an emergency declaration to allow for additional resources for Southern Nevada to help address the impact to fuel transmission in the region,” Clark County officials stated.

NBC News reported:

Officials in Clark County, Nevada, said the emergency declaration will allow the state to lift restrictions on trucking and other delivery methods to bring fuel into the county.

“This leak has not impacted the supply of fuel, but rather the method in which this fuel normally comes into Southern Nevada,” county officials said in a tweet. “Clark County is in regular communication with Kinder Morgan and they are working as quickly as possible to repair the leak.”


A spokesperson for the company, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, said the source of the leak had been identified and isolated to restart the pipeline.

From CNN:

Energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan announced Saturday it has resumed operations after a leak was detected this week in a California gasoline pipeline that supplies unleaded and diesel fuel to storage facilities in southern Nevada.

Kinder Morgan spokeswoman Katherine Hill said in a statement that “restart activities are complete for Watson Station’s associated SFPP West and CalNev pipelines, and they have resumed operations.”

Hill said earlier Saturday that the company expects “pipelines to resume operations this afternoon and begin delivering fuel to their respective market areas later today.”


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