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Staying Motivated: How Marathon Pipe Line Addresses Business Amid COVID-19

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How does the pipeline industry continue to operate safely and reliably during these uncertain times? How does the industry keep its employees safe? What impact will COVID-19 have in the long-term? These are just a few of the topics Marathon Pipe Line president Shawn Lyon will discuss in Episode 4 of the Pipeline Takeaways Podcast, with your host Brad Kramer.

Energy infrastructure has been deemed an essential business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Operators, contractors and manufacturers in the oil and gas pipeline industry are among the frontline workers who are ensuring that these facilities continue to operate safely and reliably during these uncertain times.

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About Shawn Lyon

Shawn Lyon is president of Marathon Pipe Line LLC. He is also vice president, operations of MPLX GP LCC. 

Lyon joined Marathon in 1989 as an engineer in Indianapolis, Indiana. While in Indianapolis, he worked in various positions in the Transportation and Logistics and the Marketing and Transportation Engineering organizations. In 1998, he began a series of engineering manager positions, providing engineering services for Marathon Petroleum’s marketing business in the Marketing and Transportation Engineering organization.

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In 2002, Lyon transferred to Findlay, Ohio, where he has held a variety of leadership positions. He was named the Product Quality manager in the Transportation and Logistics organization in 2005 and operations manager in Operations and Logistics for Marathon Pipe Line LLC in 2006. Lyon was named district manager in Transport and Rail for the Terminal, Transport and Marine business in 2008 and manager, Marketing and Transportation Engineering for Marathon Petroleum Co. in 2010. He was named vice president of operations for Marathon Pipe Line LLC in 2011 and to his current position in 2018.

Lyon graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in construction engineering in 1989. He was licensed as a Professional Engineer in 1994.

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Lyon, by appointment of the Secretary of Transportation, serves on the Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, an advisory body to the U.S. Department of Transportation that evaluates proposed pipeline safety and environmental protection standards and informs policy initiatives. He also serves on the board of directors of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL), is vice chairman of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) pipeline subcommittee steering group, serves on the API-AOPL pipeline safety excellence steering committee that works to improve the industry’s safety performance, and is on the AOPL Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Policy Committee. He serves on the board of the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) and as an owner representative for Marathon Petroleum’s interest in Capline, both of which are significant entities in the nation’s crude oil infrastructure. Previously, Lyon served as chair of the pipeline industry’s implementation of the Pipeline Safety Management System (API RP 1173) from 2015-2018 and on the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board, by appointment of Governor Rick Snyder, from 2017-2018.

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