MPL’s Jeff Steele, Cody Beck, Evelyn Bussenger and Jarrett Patton shared the Call 811 Before You Dig message with some area third-graders.
Third-grade students at Mississippi’s Byhalia Elementary recently got a lesson in safe-digging practices and underground utility awareness from Marathon Pipe Line LLC's (MPL's) Mid-South Operations Supervisor Jeff Steele, Technicians Cody Beck and Jarrett Patton, and Administrative Assistant Evelyn Bussenger. Steele explained the importance of public awareness and how the 811 Safe Digging Program helps communities near MPL operations. Bussenger delivered a presentation on safe digging and underground utility awareness. Beck and Patton used lines on the gymnasium
floor to demonstrate how they mark and find MPL pipelines. The third-graders were excited to hear the 811 message, according to Steele. “They were engaged and responsive to my questions. Some even shared personal experiences
of when calling 811 would have been appropriate,” he adds. “One student actually knew someone who hit an underground utility
and described how water came gushing from the ground.” The students also liked the 811 pirate video provided by Common Ground Alliance. “They truly enjoyed the entire presentation and went home with good news to share with family and friends,
Call 811 before You Dig,” Steele notes.