Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo declared a state emergency Friday night after a leak was detected in a pipeline that supplies fuel to Las Vegas.
The leak was detected Thursday at a pumping station in Long Beach, California, said Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, which operates the affected pipeline.
A company spokesman said the station and pipeline were isolated and closed. In an updated statement on Saturday, the spokesperson said the source of the leak had been isolated and «reboot activities are underway.»
«We expect these pipelines to resume operations this afternoon and begin delivering fuel to their respective market areas later today,» spokeswoman Katherine Hill said.
Clark County, Nevada, officials 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 affected the fuel supply, but rather the method in which this fuel typically reaches southern Nevada,» county officials said in a statement. cheep. «Clark County is in regular communication with Kinder Morgan and they are working as quickly as possible to fix the leak.»
The officials added that «this declaration allows our region to leave no stone unturned as we look to continue providing unleaded and diesel fuel to our residents, as well as our emergency response providers.»
Lombardo urged residents not to panic buy so as not to create unnecessary shortages. But videos posted on social media showed cars lined up at local gas stations.
Officials in Nye County, Nevada informed its residents Saturday afternoon that fuel systems would be back online after the shutdown.
«Fuel should be flowing in the next few hours,» the county said. tweetedtelling residents to «delay fuel purchases if possible to allow supply to be replenished due to recent panic buying.»
Kinder Morgan said it is still investigating the cause and amount of the leak and the appropriate regulatory agencies have been notified.