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Emergency Preparedness and Response

MPL’s primary concern is to protect the safety of the communities where we operate and our response team. Though we strive to prevent pipeline releases, we also realize that they do happen and that we must be prepared.

We prepare for a potential release 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 is shut down.
  • Development and maintenance of an Emergency Response Plan (OPA 90) that details our response strategies.
  • Utilization of the company's Corporate Emergency Response Team (CERT) to ensure an organized response, utilizing 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 our operations personnel and contractors will be dispatched to the site as quickly as possible. We will work jointly with local emergency responders at the scene of the pipeline emergency. At MPL, we regularly communicate with local response agencies regarding pipelines in their community, and sponsor training sessions and drills to practice response protocols and coordination. We’ve developed extensive response plans for all of our facilities based on the knowledge of personnel, available equipment, tools and materials.