Marathon Pipe Line LLC (MPL) has developed extensive response plans for all of its facilities based on the knowledge of its own personnel, available equipment, tools and materials.
MPL has prepared for a potential spill by undertaking the following measures:
Utilization of the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) System to constantly monitor pipelines and check for potential pipeline leaks. If a potential leak is detected, an Operations Center Systems Analyst is immediately alerted so that the line may be shut down.
Development and maintenance of an Emergency Response Plan (OPA 90) that details MPL's response strategies.
Utilization of the company's Corporate Emergency Response Team (CERT) to ensure an organized response, utilizing the best practices.
Conducting HAZWOPER training for employees so that they can respond quickly and effectively to ensure the safety of themselves and the public.
Conducting annual emergency response tabletop and equipment deployment exercises to ensure preparedness.
Formation of the Rapid Ecological Assessment Countermeasure Team (REACT) to coordinate the ecological activities associated with an emergency response.
If a pipeline event occurs, emergency response officials will be notified and MPL operations personnel and contractors will be dispatched to the site as quickly as possible. MPL personnel will work jointly with local emergency responders at the scene of the pipeline emergency. MPL regularly communicates with local response agencies regarding pipelines in their community and sponsors training sessions and drills to practice response protocols and coordination.