Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Marathon Pipe Line LLC (MPL) shares thousands of miles of rights of way with homeowners, farmers, businesses, and public entities. Traditionally, we have utilized manned aircraft, such as fixed-wing airplanes or helicopters, along with walking crews to complete inspections and right-of-way maintenance, as well as assist in emergency response.

MPL is embracing technology and using it to help ensure public safety and pursue flawless performance. Recently, we identified small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) as emerging technology that could help expand our approach to right-of-way inspection, maintenance, and emergency response. MPL can use UAS as another versatile tool to supplement and enhance these traditional methods.

In 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) put into place strict operating rules and certification requirements for businesses that choose to fly small UAS. You can read more about the FAA rules here. MPL fully complies with all FAA, state, and local requirements.

MPL's Commitment:

MPL is committed to your safety and protecting your privacy. We will not purposefully capture personal images or identifiable information, and will strictly adhere to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration UAS Best Practices found here when dealing with video or photographic information.

Unmanned aircraft usage benefits us all:

  • Gathers real-time information about the right of way and events on the right of way
  • Provides critical information quickly for response to emergency events
  • Lowers personal safety risk by removing employees from hazardous situations (floods and high-water events; emergency response zones; inaccessible or challenging terrain; and natural hazards such as horses, livestock, snakes, dogs, and insects)
  • Eliminates unnecessary damage to crops, property or landscaping caused by maintenance activities

Contact Us

If you have any questions or want to learn more about MPL’s unmanned aircraft program, please contact us at mplinfo@marathonpetroleum.com.