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Fuel lines from L.A. to Vegas, Phoenix shut by leak


LAS VEGAS – A leak in a fuel pipeline facility in California forced a shutdown of deliveries of gasoline and diesel from the Los Angeles area east to areas including Las Vegas and Phoenix, but officials said Friday they believed supplies would not immediatel­y be affected.

Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan told The Associated Press the leak was discovered Thursday afternoon at a company station near Los Angeles and that its CALNEV and SFPP West pipelines were shut down while the Houston-based pipeline operator worked to resolve the issue. “There are no injuries or fire reported as a result of this incident,” said a company statement, provided by Katherine Hill, communicat­ions manager for the publicly traded company. It did not say how much fuel leaked or when service would be restored.

In Las Vegas, officials were “monitoring the situation, believe we have adequate supply, and do not anticipate an immediate impact on gas availabili­ty,” according to a statement from Clark County spokespers­on Erik Pappa.

The county said the pipeline provides fuel storage facilities in Southern Nevada with unleaded and diesel fuel. Another pipeline operated by UNEV Pipeline LLC serves the Las Vegas area from northern Utah.

The Kinder Morgan website says its 566mile CALNEV pipeline transports gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from Los Angeles refineries and marine terminals through parallel 14inch and 8-inch diameter pipelines to Barstow, Calif., and the Las Vegas area. Airports it serves include Nellis Air Force Base and Harry Reid Internatio­nal in Las Vegas.

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.

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