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Gasoline deliveries to the west coast have been halted due to a leak at a pipeline facility in California.
The shutdown is affecting the delivery of gasoline and diesel to areas east of the Los Angeles area, including Las Vegas and Phoenix.
Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan told The Associated Press that the leak was detected at a company station near Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon and its pipelines were shut down while crews worked to resolve the issue .
“There were no reports of injuries or fires in this incident,” the company said in a statement.
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Gas station filling pumps. (iStock / iStock)
It is not known how much fuel leaked or when service will be restored.
“The appropriate regulatory agencies have been notified, and the cause and quantity of the release will be investigated,” the statement said. “We are working closely with our customers on the potential impacts.”
Officials believe supplies will not be immediately affected.
Headquarters of American energy exporter and pipeline operator Kinder Morgan. (Reuters/Gary McWilliams/Reuters Photos)
In Las Vegas, officials are “monitoring the situation, believe we have sufficient supply, and do not anticipate an immediate impact on gas availability”, according to a Clark County statement.
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The county said the pipeline serves a fuel storage facility in southern Nevada with unleaded and diesel fuel.
Kinder Morgan says only one of the two pipelines serving Las Vegas was shut down.
The airports include Nellis Air Force Base and Harry Reid International in Las Vegas and Edwards Air Force Base in California’s Mojave Desert, the company said.
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Kinder Morgan’s SFPP West pipeline runs approximately 515 miles to transport petroleum products from the Los Angeles area to Colton and Imperial, California and east to Phoenix.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.