MOGA is working hard to ensure that workers in our sector can continue safe operations and are exempted from any travel restrictions that may be instituted.
The National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a guidance document on the essential critical infrastructure workforce in the energy sector. Governor Whitmer has incorporated the guidelines in Executive order 2020-21 to ensure that workers in our sector will be exempted from any travel restrictions.
The MPSC is hosting bi-weekly calls with the utilities, pipeline operators, and energy trade associations. On these calls, requests have been made for a recognized credentialing system for workers or contractors supporting critical energy infrastructure (if needed) in case travel restrictions are instituted or specific locales are locked down/quarantined. The issue has been raised by the Michigan Public Service Commission to the Michigan State Police- Emergency Management & Homeland Security Division. We will continue to participate and monitor these calls and relay any information.
Recognizing the use of company badges may pose difficulties with contractors, some utilities, associations, and pipeline operators have offered to pull together lists of names of critical employees or contractors to provide the State Police or have expressed their interest in an access letter of some sort to be issued from State and carried with drivers/workers. These recommendations have been passed up through state agencies for consideration.
At this time, there is no credentialing in place and workers should be able to move freely. We will keep you updated as the situation continues to develop. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Thank you and stay safe and healthy.