811 All Month Long
This year, Marathon Pipe Line LLC (MPL) celebrated 811 the entire month of August, with events in all three of our regions to raise awareness about 811 and offer positive messages about the petroleum industry in the community.
Houston Region − Garyville and St. James areas co-sponsored a New Orleans Baby Cakes minor-league baseball game, giving out free tickets to the game to local excavators and setting up an outreach booth at the event.
Ohio Valley Region − Lima, Northeast, East Sparta and Heath areas
each staffed outreach booths at local community events including
Shawnee National Night Out, Monroe, Michigan's County Fair, East Sparta Artisan's Market and the Ohio State Fair.
Martinsville Region - Wood River Area sponsored and staffed an outreach booth at the Riverbend Growth Association's Women's Seminar, while the Martinsville Area held an educational program for park visitors at Racoon Lake, a state park north of Brazil, Indiana.
Our main 811 event was held at the Kentucky State Fair Aug. 17-18. Over 50 MPL employees from six states volunteered to make the event a success. A safe digging exhibit complete with turf, underground utilities and mock digging projects was the focus on both days. At the exhibit, MPL employees handed out over 10,000 T-shirts to fairgoers who spun a wheel and correctly answered a safe digging/energy question.
On Saturday, Aug. 18, we hosted more than 700 guests for an appreciation picnic, including emergency responders and public officials in addition to landowners/residents. Ryan F. Quarles, Kentucky commissioner of agriculture, was among those who stopped by to learn how we protect the pipelines we operate. Booths on emergency response and how drones are used to protect the right of way were also on display at the picnic.