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 February 13, 2023

Nevada declares state of emergency over gas pipeline leak

Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo (R) declared a state of emergency on Friday night, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports

Lombardo did so in response to the shutdown of the Kinder Morgan gas pipeline, a California pipeline that carries gas to Las Vegas.

"Tonight, I am declaring a state of emergency for the fuel pipeline leak impacting Southern Nevada," Lombardo said in a statement released on Friday night.

The Kinder Morgan pipeline had to be shut down as the result of a leak that was discovered on Thursday afternoon. The company would discover that about 205 gallons of gasoline had leaked from the pipeline at the pumping station in Long Beach, California.

In the Declaration of Emergency, Lombardo explained that the Kinder Morgan gas pipeline "supplies approximately 90% of the needed gas, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products to the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding areas."

Accordingly, Lombardo issued a declaration of emergency, in part, because:

adequate gasoline, disel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products is essention for the health, safety, and economic well-being of persons or property in Nevada, and any interruption in the delivery of those products threatens the public welfare . . .

The prospect of running out of gas prompted many residents of the Las Vegas Valley to start "panic buying" gasoline.

Both Lombardo and Clark County, Nevada, put out statements attempting to stop this. Lombardo said, "To avoid any unnecessary shortages, I strongly urge all Las Vegas residents to avoid panic buying while awaiting repair timeline updates."

Clark County explained, "This leak has not impacted the supply of fuel, but rather the method in which this fuel normally comes into Southern Nevada."

Local reports, however, indicate that gas stations were packed with people attempting to fill up. Some gas stations, according to these reports, even went empty.

On Saturday, Lombardo put out a statement indicating that Kinder Morgan had found the leak, fixed it, and was expecting "to resume normal operations by this afternoon."

In the meantime, Lombardo, once again, encouraged residents not to engage in panic buying gasoline.

Kinder Morgan would go on to fix the leak and have the pipeline back up and running by Saturday afternoon.

Lombardo, subsequently, put out another statement, saying, "My office has received notice from Kinder Morgan that they have resumed pumping and that the gas pipeline is operational." Lombardo concluded by expressing gratitude for the various forms of assistance that he received during the shutdown.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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