California’s petroleum sector is deemed part of the state’s “critical infrastructure” and its workforce designated “essential” under Gov. Newsom’s stay-at-home order.
Aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, the order requires most Californians to remain at home. But the mandate does exempt operations and workers in certain critical sectors. Among these are the electricity, oil and natural-gas operations of California’s energy industry.
Why designate the energy sector as essential?
The order recognizes the sector’s “critical assets and systems.” Moreover, it adds, the broad and diverse industry “supplies fuels to the transportation industry, electricity to households and businesses, and other sources of energy that are integral to growth and production across the nation.”
Here’s California’s list of petroleum sectors considered essential:
- Petroleum product storage, pipeline, marine transport, terminals, rail transport, road transport;
- Crude oil storage facilities, pipeline and marine transport;
- Petroleum refinery facilities;
- Petroleum security operations center employees and workers who support emergency response services;
- Petroleum operations control rooms/centers;
- Petroleum drilling, extraction, production, processing, refining, terminal operations, transporting, and retail for use as end-use fuels or feedstocks for chemical manufacturing;
- Onshore and offshore operations for maintenance and emergency response;
- Retail fuel centers such as gas stations and truck stops, and the distribution systems that support them.