Las Vegas, Nev. (FOX5) – Clark County officials, in coordination with Governor Joe Lombardo, have declared a state of emergency following the Kinder Morgan pipeline leak that shut down the pipeline in Southern California on Friday.
Below is the full statement from Clark County:
“In agreement with Governor Lombardo, Clark County has issued an emergency declaration to allow additional resources for Southern Nevada to mitigate impacts to fuel transportation in the region. Through this declaration, the County is asking the state to lift restrictions on trucking and other transportation methods to help get the fuel into Clark County. This leak did not affect the fuel supply, but rather the method by which this fuel normally enters Southern Nevada. Clark County is in regular contact with Kinder Morgan and they are working to fix the leak as soon as possible. This announcement allows our region to leave no stone unturned as we strive to provide unleaded and diesel fuel to our residents as well as emergency response providers.”
This comes as Southern Nevada residents rushed to gas stations across the valley upon hearing the news.
Earlier Friday, Clark County officials initially said the pipeline shutdown would not have an immediate impact on the Las Vegas Valley.
Governor Joe Lombardo released this statement:
“Tonight I am declaring a state of emergency for the fuel pipeline leak affecting Southern Nevada. This emergency declaration allows us to obtain federal waivers and resources while navigating an evolving repair schedule, and it allows us to increase fuel deliveries in other ways during this time. As we continue to monitor this dynamic situation, our office will be in constant contact with Kinder Morgan, the Nevada Department of Emergency Management and Clark County officials. Once the estimated repair time is over, our office will update. To avoid unnecessary disruption, I urge all Las Vegas residents to refrain from panic buying while waiting for an update on the repair schedule. “
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