On Friday night, Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) declared a state of emergency after a fuel leak was discovered in southern California, shutting down a pipeline supplying Las Vegas and southern Nevada.
“Tonight, I am declaring a state of emergency for the fuel pipeline spill affecting southern Nevada,” Governor Lombardo said. release Late Friday night.
“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 augment fuel shipments through other means during this time. As we continue to monitor this dynamic situation, our office is working closely with Kinder Morgan, the Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Clark County. Will remain in constant communication with the authorities,” he said.
Governor Lombardo urged his constituents to avoid panic buying.
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“Once the estimated repair time is finalized, our office will provide an update. To avoid any unnecessary shortages, I strongly urge all Las Vegas residents to avoid panic buying while awaiting repair timeline updates,” he concluded.
Motorists are already waiting in long queues to fill their tanks as the shutdown of the pipeline despite the Governor’s appeal has caused widespread anxiety.
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The leak was first discovered Thursday at a pumping station in Long Beach, California, according to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, which operates the affected pipeline.
On Saturday afternoon, Clark County released an update on the Kinder Morgan pipeline spill/fuel spill situation.
“Clark County officials continue to monitor the Kinder Morgan fuel transmission situation and the county plans to keep our emergency declaration in place until we are confident that our regular supply of fuel will pass through the pipeline and into our area. Kinder Morgan reported that it has isolated the source of the leak within its facility in Long Beach, California. This afternoon The company expects pipeline operations to resume and deliveries of this fuel to begin,” Coun He said In a statement.
“As a precaution, local residents are encouraged to avoid panic buying to help conserve fuel and limit potential impacts due to this temporary disruption.”
“Moving forward, Clark County will continue to work in coordination with local, state and federal stakeholders as well as our transportation partners who help move fuel to and around the region to ensure we are equipped to meet this type of emergency. The future.”