Community Newsletter
April 1, 2020
Our Commitment to You
The health and public safety of our employees, stakeholders, and consumers is our first priority. Amid the increasing concerns surrounding COVID-19, Wolverine Pipe Line Company continues to take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of the virus. We are doing this while also recognizing that we have a special responsibility to provide necessary services to protect the public. 
The U.S. President has ordered that all critical infrastructure industries continue to maintain normal work structures and procedures to continue to protect the public and provide critical services. On March 19th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, through its Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, identified “ Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers ” to include workers for petroleum pipeline companies. 
Wolverine Pipe Line Company is responsible for the transportation of gasoline and diesel fuel throughout the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. This includes maintaining the pipeline, excavating as necessary, and monitoring the pipeline system through our operations control center. These services are included as critical infrastructure needs under the President’s most recent guidelines, and reiterated in the Executive Orders issued by the governors of Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana, respectively. We have not experienced or expect there to be changes or delays in our business operations.
We take our job seriously and like many other companies, Wolverine Pipe Line Company is taking guidance from the CDC to ensure we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
This includes the following actions: 
  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home if you are sick and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Maintaining a safe and healthy social distance of no less than six feet.

We encourage everyone to join us in taking the necessary steps to protect themselves, their families, and their neighbors.
April is Safe Digging Month
Focus on Enhancing Public Safety, Reducing Utility Damages, & Delaying Non-Essential Digging Projects
Portage, Mich. — With the start of Spring, Wolverine Pipe Line Company would like to remind everyone that April is Safe Digging Month in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, state one-call systems have asked citizens to postpone all non-essential digging projects until ‘stay-at-home’ or ‘shelter in place’ orders have lifted, as they are focused on protecting underground services at this critical time.

You may view each state one-call system’s press release regarding the COVID-19 crisis by following the links below:

Though circumstances are currently delaying outdoor projects, Wolverine would still like to remind homeowners, farmers, landscapers, contractors and excavators to always contact their state one-call system by dialing 8-1-1 or before digging so underground utilities can be marked. Read More
2020 Paradigm Liaison Program Recap
Wolverine Pipe Line Company just wrapped up sponsorship and participation in the 2020 Paradigm Liaison Program throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. These meetings took place in counties in which Wolverine’s ~700-mile steel refined petroleum products pipeline operates.

Paradigm is an educational program that takes place across the nation with the goal of engaging local contractors, excavators, public officials and emergency responders in a public safety and public awareness training related to pipelines. Pipeline operators are encouraged to participate in the regions where their pipeline exists so that meaningful relationships can be built with the attendees.

This year, Wolverine participated in a total of 19 Paradigm Liaison meetings. The meetings provided a great opportunity for Wolverine personnel to meet face-to-face and establish connections with Paradigm attendees. In total, 2,148 stakeholders attended Paradigm this year in the communities in which Wolverine operates. A breakdown of attendance by state is provided below:

  • Illinois - 480
  • Indiana - 569
  • Michigan - 1,135

Wolverine’s participation in the 2020 Paradigm Liaison Program yielded significant outreach that supplements our regulatory compliance requirements. These meetings also proved beneficial and effective towards our continued efforts of increasing public awareness of our pipelines with community partners and building strong relationships.
Wolverine Pipe Line Company, Government Agencies, and Emergency Responders engage in Spill Drill Exercise
Exercise attended by local, state, and federal agencies

Wolverine Pipe Line Company conducted a spill drill exercise in Grand Haven, Michigan on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Accompanying Wolverine were local emergency personnel and representatives from local, state, and federal government agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, United States Coast Guard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE), Ottawa County Public Health, Ottawa County Emergency Management, and Allegan County Emergency Management. Read More
Lake County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency in Indiana Receives Good Neighbor Grant Check from Wolverine Pipe Line Company
In December of 2019, Wolverine Pipe Line Company's Hammond Area Supervisor, George Caddick, presented a Good Neighbor Grant check to the Lake County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency in Indiana.

"Thank you very much,  Wolverine Pipe Line Company for awarding us with a generous Good Neighbor Grant toward the purchase of a video wall to be used in our Emergency Operations Center. This will allow us to monitor multiple information sources at a time during an emergency which in turn enhances emergency response efforts." Read More
The Pines Fire Department in Michigan City, Indiana receives Good Neighbor Grant Check from Wolverine Pipe Line Company
In December of 2019, Wolverine Pipe Line Company's Niles Area Supervisor, Terry Swisher, presented a Good Neighbor Grant Check to the Pines Fire Department in Michigan City, Indiana.

"No grant is too small for us to apply for. That’s why when we were contacted by Terry Swisher of Wolverine Pipeline saying he had a $325 grant check for us, we were ecstatic! This grant is going towards purchasing more equipment for our R.I.T Bag. We’d like to thank Wolverine Pipeline for the grant!" Read More
Thank you for reading the Wolverine Pipe Line Company Community Newsletter. We hope you enjoyed reading about some of the community programs and projects we have been involved in for the past few months.

Please don't forget to share this newsletter with employees, first responders, constituents, and anyone else who might be interested. 

 Always remember to call 811 before you dig!
Wolverine Pipe Line Company is a fuel transportation company headquartered in Portage, Michigan. Wolverine operates ~700 miles of active pipeline transporting refined petroleum products from refineries in the Chicago area to the Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan markets. Wolverine transports approximately 30% of all gasoline and diesel fuel used in Michigan.