BNSF Railway Company-Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption-Union Pacific Railroad Company, 50439-50440 [05-17025]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 165 / Friday, August 26, 2005 / Notices Need for Improvement Pipeline accidents with significant consequences gathered attention in recent years and prompted pipeline safety program changes. Integrity management rules were promulgated for hazardous liquid pipelines (65 FR 75378; December 1, 2000) and for gas transmission pipelines (68 FR 69778; December 15, 2003). In testimony before the Congress on July 20, 2004, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) reported that the number of incidents reported on distribution systems has consistently exceeded that on transmission systems. Also, the number of fatalities and injuries reported on distribution systems has consistently been much higher than for transmission systems. The prevalence of incidents, particularly those with consequences to people, underscores the need for regulators and stakeholders to pay additional attention to distribution pipeline integrity management. PHMSA agrees that safety issues posed by gas distribution pipelines need to be addressed through appropriate integrity management initiatives. Differences in Gas Distribution Pipeline Systems A plan for assuring integrity of gas distribution pipelines must consider the differences between transmission pipeline systems and distribution pipeline systems. Ensuring the integrity of distribution pipeline systems is different from doing so for transmission pipelines because: • Most pipe in distribution pipeline systems is small diameter and operates at low pressure. Transmission pipelines are generally large diameter and high pressure. • Distribution pipeline systems are a more complex network, with frequent branching and interconnections. Transmission pipelines generally run for many miles without such connections. • Distribution pipeline systems include a range of materials, including a significant amount of plastic pipe. 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Developing an Approach to Gas Distribution Integrity Management Expanding integrity management for distribution systems beyond currently required practices requires a thorough understanding of costs and benefits. Following the previous public meeting, PHMSA has worked with a number of groups comprised of state pipeline regulators, pipeline operators, and representatives of the public to conduct analyses and evaluations in a number of areas that must be considered in developing any distribution integrity management requirements. These meetings were announced by a Federal Register notice on March 29, 2005 (70 FR 15988) and subsequent announcements on a Web site established specifically for this effort. 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[FR Doc. 05–16966 Filed 8–25–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–60–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Finance Docket No. 34743] BNSF Railway Company—Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption—Union Pacific Railroad Company Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP), pursuant to a written trackage rights agreement entered into between UP and the BNSF Railway Company (BNSF), has agreed to grant temporary overhead trackage rights to BNSF over UP’s rail line between Valley Junction, IL, UP milepost 0.00, and Rockview Junction, MO, UP milepost 131.3, a distance of approximately 131.3 miles. E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 50440 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 165 / Friday, August 26, 2005 / Notices The transaction was scheduled to be consummated on August 15, 2005, and the temporary trackage rights will expire on October 16, 2005. The purpose of the temporary trackage rights is to allow BNSF to bridge a limited number of its trains while its main lines are out of service due to programmed track, roadbed, and structural maintenance. As a condition to this exemption, any employee affected by the acquisition of the temporary trackage rights will be protected by the conditions imposed in Norfolk and Western Ry. Co.—Trackage Rights—BN, 354 I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified in Mendocino Coast Ry., Inc.— Lease and Operate, 360 I.C.C. 653 VerDate jul<14>2003 16:18 Aug 25, 2005 Jkt 205001 (1980), and any employee affected by the discontinuance of those trackage rights will be protected by the conditions set out in Oregon Short Line R. Co.—Abandonment—Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). This notice is filed under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(8). If it contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the transaction. An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB Finance Docket No. 34743, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 1925 PO 00000 Frm 00150 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on Michael E. Roper, Senior General Attorney, BNSF Railway Company, P. O. Box 961039, Fort Worth, TX 76161–0039. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: August 22, 2005. By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. 05–17025 Filed 8–25–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 165 (Friday, August 26, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50439-50440]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[STB Finance Docket No. 34743]


BNSF Railway Company--Temporary Trackage Rights Exemption--Union 
Pacific Railroad Company

    Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP), pursuant to a written trackage 
rights agreement entered into between UP and the BNSF Railway Company 
(BNSF), has agreed to grant temporary overhead trackage rights to BNSF 
over UP's rail line between Valley Junction, IL, UP milepost 0.00, and 
Rockview Junction, MO, UP milepost 131.3, a distance of approximately 
131.3 miles.

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    The transaction was scheduled to be consummated on August 15, 2005, 
and the temporary trackage rights will expire on October 16, 2005. The 
purpose of the temporary trackage rights is to allow BNSF to bridge a 
limited number of its trains while its main lines are out of service 
due to programmed track, roadbed, and structural maintenance.
    As a condition to this exemption, any employee affected by the 
acquisition of the temporary trackage rights will be protected by the 
conditions imposed in Norfolk and Western Ry. Co.--Trackage Rights--BN, 
354 I.C.C. 605 (1978), as modified in Mendocino Coast Ry., Inc.--Lease 
and Operate, 360 I.C.C. 653 (1980), and any employee affected by the 
discontinuance of those trackage rights will be protected by the 
conditions set out in Oregon Short Line R. Co.--Abandonment--Goshen, 
360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
    This notice is filed under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(8). If it contains 
false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. 
Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed 
at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically 
stay the transaction.
    An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to STB 
Finance Docket No. 34743, must be filed with the Surface Transportation 
Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, a 
copy of each pleading must be served on Michael E. Roper, Senior 
General Attorney, BNSF Railway Company, P. O. Box 961039, Fort Worth, 
TX 76161-0039.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:/
/www.stb.dot.gov.

    Decided: August 22, 2005.

    By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 05-17025 Filed 8-25-05; 8:45 am]
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