Natural Gas, Agribusiness Join Forces for Biosecurity

Chris Getman

With the natural gas boom leading to more pipelines, biosecurity has become an understandable concern for the natural gas and agriculture industries. Improving biosecurity methods, however, is dependent on cooperation between the two industries.

This cooperation can challenge both sides and lead to improved efficiency and operations. It can also serve as a learning experience that showcases new ways to tackle projects.

Case in point: In 2015 as part of its Mariner East 2 pipeline project, Sunoco Pipeline partnered with PennAg Industries Association, Pennsylvania’s premier agribusiness association.¬†They worked together to develop a biosecurity training and education module, recognizing that both sides would benefit.

Biosecurity is a serious matter. A 2015 avian flu outbreak in the Midwest affected more than 220 farms and more than 48 million birds, causing billions of dollars in losses. As a result of this outbreak, Sunoco Pipeline decided to develop a module to educate employees, contractors and vendors to prevent a pernicious effect on agribusiness.

Sunoco Pipeline and PennAg will come together Oct. 19 during the Midstream PA 2017 conference to discuss their innovative initiative. Learn more about the biosecurity module on BravoChat.

Chris Getman

Chris Getman is a public relations, corporate communications and issue advocacy expert with concentrated expertise in the energy industry.

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