Nevada Suspends State of Emergency after Fuel Pipeline Resumes Operations
Nevada governor Joe Lombardo suspended the state of emergency announced last Friday to mitigate the impact of a fuel leak in California's South and Nevada after a fuel leak was detected on a pipeline that supplies Las Vegas.
The overnight state of emergency declaration was lifted on Tuesday, February 14, after gasoline deliveries to retail stores normalized. Clark County also terminated a similar emergency declaration on Tuesday.
The emergency was declared after the Kinder Morgan Energy Company shut down its 566-mile CalNev above-ground pipeline, the primary gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel supplier to Southern California and Nevada, to investigate a 205-gallon leak in Long Beach, California.
According to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners—the operator of the affected pipeline, the fuel leak was detected on Thursday at a pumping station in Long Beach, California, leading to both the pipeline and the station being isolated and shut down for investigations.
In an announcement, Governor Lombardo stated that the emergency declaration would allow the county "receive federal waivers and resources" and allow the transportation of fuel by other means to avoid shortages as the pipeline operator worked to repair the affected pipeline.
According to Lombardo's office, the declaration was lifted on Tuesday, even though the Kinder Morgan pipeline had resumed operations on Saturday to ensure that "fuel transportation and supply had fully returned to normal in Las Vegas."
Meanwhile, West coast pipeline has also resumed pumping gas after the fuel leak incident at a pipeline in California disrupted supply of gasoline and diesel to the Los Angeles area east to areas including Las Vegas and Phoenix following pipeline shutdown for inspection.