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Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities

Marathon Oil maintains comprehensive capabilities for emergency preparedness and response, and business continuity, to be a responsible operator and demonstrate good governance.

We maintain plans to protect personnel, facilities and neighbors in the event of incidents such as natural disasters and operational disruptions. The Emergency Preparedness and Community Awareness element of our Responsible Operations Management System (ROMS) provides a structured approach to tailor response plans to local operating conditions.

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Marathon Oil’s capabilities include:

  • Local and regional emergency response teams and the Corporate Emergency Response Team (CERT) operating under the authority of the executive-level Crisis Management Team.

  • Periodic training, drills and exercises for response teams, along with the invited or required participation of government agencies and key stakeholders.

  • A network of response contractors and consultants.

  • A full-time Corporate Security and Emergency Preparedness Group responsible for training, drills and participation in industry emergency response and mutual aid activities.

  • Participation in industry associations to share lessons learned and drive improvements.

 

 

In August and September 2017, Marathon Oil teams executed divisional business continuity and asset-level emergency response plans during and after Hurricane Harvey. The response included voluntarily shutting down approximately 1,500 wells in our South Texas Eagle Ford asset with no spills, injuries or other impacts, and relocating critical financial functions to an alternate location. For more information on our response, please read the Hurricane Harvey highlight.

Marathon Oil held annual field-level exercises required by regulations, regional drills required by ROMS and a corporate-level exercise in 2017. For example, our Watonga, Oklahoma, team initiated a field-level spill response drill for members of the state Department of Environmental Quality, local fire departments, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and a number of peer companies. Participants deployed spill response equipment and discussed the notification process. In the U.K., our corporate-level response team supported a large government-initiated regional drill for our North Sea asset.

Based on a risk assessment of our entry into the Permian Basin in 2017, Marathon Oil developed an emergency response plan and put mitigations and contracts in place with third-party emergency response companies. We also trained local teams to activate the plan, with back-up assistance from our regional team in Houston. In 2018, we are donating an emergency response trailer for the mutual aid of 12 emergency management authorities and operators in the Permian Basin. Marathon Oil will fund a workshop to train all operators who will use the trailer, which will be stored in Eddy County, Texas.

 

 

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