Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad, LLC-Abandonment Exemption-in Clarion and Jefferson Counties, PA; Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc.-Discontinuance Exemption-in Clarion and Jefferson Counties, PA, 35545-35546 [E7-12216]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 124 / Thursday, June 28, 2007 / Notices CSXT has filed environmental and historic reports which address the effects, if any, of the abandonment on the environment and historic resources. SEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by July 3, 2007. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to SEA (Room 1100, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423–0001) or by calling SEA, at (202) 245–0305. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339.] Comments on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed within 15 days after the EA becomes available to the public. Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent decision. Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), CSXT shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If consummation has not been effected by CSXT’s filing of a notice of consummation by June 28, 2008, and there are no legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: June 20, 2007. By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–12293 Filed 6–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Docket No. AB–976 (Sub-No. 2X)]; [STB Docket No. AB–369 (Sub-No. 6X)] 1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad, LLC— Abandonment Exemption—in Clarion and Jefferson Counties, PA; Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc.— Discontinuance Exemption—in Clarion and Jefferson Counties, PA Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad, LLC (Pittsburg & Shawmut) has filed a notice of exemption under 49 CFR Part 1152 Subpart F—Exempt Abandonments and 1 For administrative purposes, the discontinuance exemption sought in STB Docket No. AB–369 (SubNo. 6X) is being divided to correspond to the two abandonment exemptions sought here and in STB Docket No. AB–1004X. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:23 Jun 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 Discontinuances of Service to abandon, and Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc. (BPRR), has filed a notice of exemption under the same Subpart to discontinue service and operating rights over, approximately 35.95 miles of rail line,2 extending between milepost 6.0 in or near Lawsonham, Clarion County, PA, and milepost 41.95 in Brookville, Jefferson County, PA.3 Pittsburg & Shawmut states that it may retain the track between milepost 41.50 and milepost 41.95 to be operated by BPRR as private side tracks or spurs, thereby reclassifying this 0.45-mile portion of the line. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 15864, 16216 and 16242. Pittsburg & Shawmut and BPRR have certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) there is no overhead traffic on the line to be rerouted; (3) no formal complaint filed by a user of rail service on the line (or by a state or local government entity acting on behalf of such user) regarding cessation of service over the line either is pending with the Surface Transportation Board or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the 2-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.7 (environmental reports), 49 CFR 1105.8 (historic reports), 49 CFR 1105.11 (transmittal letter), 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper publication), and 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies) have been met. As a condition to these exemptions, any employee adversely affected by the abandonment or discontinuance shall be protected under Oregon Short Line R. Co.—Abandonment—Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). To address whether this condition adequately protects affected employees, a petition for partial revocation under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) must be filed. Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has been received, these exemptions will be effective on 2 Both notices were initially filed on May 29, 2007. At the Board’s request, both notices were supplemented by the applicants on June 8, 2007, with letters providing certain required certifications. Because the notices were not complete until the June 8 filings, that date will be considered the actual filing date for both notices and the basis for all due dates. 3 In its notice of exemption filed in STB Docket No. AB–369 (Sub-No. 6X), BPRR seeks discontinuance over 48.45 miles of rail line, encompassing both the 35.95 miles of rail line at issue here and the remaining 12.5 miles of rail line corresponding to the notice of exemption filed by Shannon Transport, Inc. (STI), in Shannon Transport, Inc.—Abandonment Exemption—in Clarion County, PA, STB Docket No. AB–1004X, et al. PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35545 July 28, 2007, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,4 formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),5 and trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by July 9, 2007. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by July 18, 2007, with: Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to Pittsburg & Shawmut’s and BPRR’s representative: Eric M. Hocky, Esquire, Gollatz, Griffin & Ewing, P.C., Four Penn Center, Suite 200, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Pittsburg & Shawmut and BPRR, along with STI, have filed a joint combined environmental and historic report, which addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment and discontinuance on the environment and historic resources for this line and the line addressed in Shannon Transport, Inc.— Abandonment Exemption—in Clarion County, PA, STB Docket No. AB–1004X, et al. Additionally, Pittsburg & Shawmut has filed a supplemental environmental and historic report, which specifically addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment on this line. SEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by July 3, 2007. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to SEA (Room 1100, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423–0001) or by calling SEA, at (202) 245–0305. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339.] Comments on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed within 15 days after the EA becomes available to the public. Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent decision. 4 The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board’s Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) in its independent investigation) cannot be made before the exemption’s effective date. See Exemption of Outof-Service Rail Lines, 5 I.C.C.2d 377 (1989). Any request for a stay should be filed as soon as possible so that the Board may take appropriate action before the exemption’s effective date. 5 Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which is currently set at $1,300. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). E:\FR\FM\28JNN1.SGM 28JNN1 35546 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 124 / Thursday, June 28, 2007 / Notices Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), Pittsburg & Shawmut shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If consummation has not been effected by Pittsburg & Shawmut’s filing of a notice of consummation by June 28, 2008, and there are no legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:// www.stb.dot.gov. Decided: June 18, 2007. By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of Proceedings. Vernon A. Williams, Secretary. [FR Doc. E7–12216 Filed 6–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Surface Transportation Board [STB Docket No. AB–1004X]; [STB Docket No. AB–369 (Sub-No. 6X)] 1 Shannon Transport, Inc.— Abandonment Exemption—in Clarion County, PA; Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc.—Discontinuance Exemption—in Clarion and Jefferson Counties, PA mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Shannon Transport, Inc. (STI), has filed a notice of exemption under 49 CFR Part 1152 Subpart F—Exempt Abandonments and Discontinuances of Service to abandon, and Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc. (BPRR), has filed a notice of exemption under the same Subpart to discontinue service and operating rights over, approximately 12.5 miles of rail line,2 extending between milepost 6.0 and milepost 4.0 in or near Lawsonham, and the connecting line between milepost 0.0 near Lawsonham and milepost 10.5 near Sligo, in Clarion County, PA.3 The line 1 For administrative purposes, the discontinuance exemption sought in STB Docket No. AB–369 (SubNo. 6X) is being divided to correspond to the two abandonment exemptions sought here and in STB Docket No. AB–976 (Sub-No. 2X). 2 Both notices were initially filed on May 29, 2007. At the Board’s request, both notices were supplemented by the applicants on June 8, 2007, with letters providing certain required certifications. Because the notices were not complete until the June 8 filings, that date will be considered the actual filing date for both notices and the basis for all due dates. 3 In its notice of exemption filed in STB Docket No. AB–369 (Sub-No. 6X), BPRR seeks discontinuance over 48.45 miles of rail line, encompassing the 12.5 miles of rail line at issue here and the remaining 35.95 miles of rail line corresponding to the notice of exemption filed by VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:23 Jun 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 16248 and 16255. STI and BPRR have certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) there is no overhead traffic on the line to be rerouted; (3) no formal complaint filed by a user of rail service on the line (or by a state or local government entity acting on behalf of such user) regarding cessation of service over the line either is pending with the Surface Transportation Board or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of complainant within the 2-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.7 (environmental reports), 49 CFR 1105.8 (historic reports), 49 CFR 1105.11 (transmittal letter), 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper publication), and 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies) have been met. Where, as here, STI is abandoning all of the rail lines it owns, the Board does not normally impose labor protection under 49 U.S.C. 10502(g), unless the evidence indicates the existence of: (1) A corporate affiliate that will continue substantially similar rail operations; or (2) a corporate parent that will realize substantial financial benefits over and above relief from the burden of deficit operations by its subsidiary railroad. See Wellsville, Addison & Galeton R. Corp.—Abandonment, 354 I.C.C. 744 (1978); and Northampton and Bath R. Co.—Abandonment, 354 I.C.C. 784 (1978). Because STI does not appear to have a corporate affiliate or parent that will continue similar operations or that could benefit from the proposed abandonment, employee protection conditions will not be imposed. As a condition to BPRR’s discontinuance exemption, any employee adversely affected by the discontinuance shall be protected under Oregon Short Line R. Co.— Abandonment—Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). To address whether this condition adequately protects affected employees, a petition for partial revocation under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) must be filed. Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of financial assistance (OFA) has been received, these exemptions will be effective on July 28, 2007, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,4 Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad, LLC (Pittsburg & Shawmut), in Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad, LLC— Abandonment Exemption—in Clarion and Jefferson Counties, PA, STB Docket No. AB–976 (Sub-No. 2X), et al. 4 The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board’s Section of PO 00000 Frm 00125 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),5 and trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by July 9, 2007. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by July 18, 2007, with: Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423– 0001. A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to STI’s and BPRR’s representative: Eric M. Hocky, Esquire, Gollatz, Griffin & Ewing, P.C., Four Penn Center, Suite 200, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. STI and BPRR, along with Pittsburg & Shawmut, have filed a joint combined environmental and historic report, which addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment and discontinuance on the environment and historic resources for this line and the line addressed in Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad, LLC—Abandonment Exemption—in Clarion and Jefferson Counties, PA, STB Docket No. AB–976 (Sub-No. 2X), et al. Additionally, STI has filed a supplemental environmental and historic report, which specifically addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment on this line. SEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by July 3, 2007. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to SEA (Room 1100, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423–0001) or by calling SEA, at (202) 245–0305. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339.] Comments on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed within 15 days after the EA becomes available to the public. Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent decision. Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), STI shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the line. If Environmental Analysis (SEA) in its independent investigation) cannot be made before the exemption’s effective date. See Exemption of Outof-Service Rail Lines, 5 I.C.C.2d 377 (1989). Any request for a stay should be filed as soon as possible so that the Board may take appropriate action before the exemption’s effective date. 5 Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which is currently set at $1,300. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). E:\FR\FM\28JNN1.SGM 28JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 124 (Thursday, June 28, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35545-35546]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-12216]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[STB Docket No. AB-976 (Sub-No. 2X)]; [STB Docket No. AB-369 (Sub-No. 
6X)] \1\


Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad, LLC--Abandonment Exemption--in 
Clarion and Jefferson Counties, PA; Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, 
Inc.--Discontinuance Exemption--in Clarion and Jefferson Counties, PA
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    \1\ For administrative purposes, the discontinuance exemption 
sought in STB Docket No. AB-369 (Sub-No. 6X) is being divided to 
correspond to the two abandonment exemptions sought here and in STB 
Docket No. AB-1004X.
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    Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad, LLC (Pittsburg & Shawmut) has filed a 
notice of exemption under 49 CFR Part 1152 Subpart F--Exempt 
Abandonments and Discontinuances of Service to abandon, and Buffalo & 
Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc. (BPRR), has filed a notice of exemption under 
the same Subpart to discontinue service and operating rights over, 
approximately 35.95 miles of rail line,\2\ extending between milepost 
6.0 in or near Lawsonham, Clarion County, PA, and milepost 41.95 in 
Brookville, Jefferson County, PA.\3\ Pittsburg & Shawmut states that it 
may retain the track between milepost 41.50 and milepost 41.95 to be 
operated by BPRR as private side tracks or spurs, thereby reclassifying 
this 0.45-mile portion of the line. The line traverses United States 
Postal Service Zip Codes 15864, 16216 and 16242.
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    \2\ Both notices were initially filed on May 29, 2007. At the 
Board's request, both notices were supplemented by the applicants on 
June 8, 2007, with letters providing certain required 
certifications. Because the notices were not complete until the June 
8 filings, that date will be considered the actual filing date for 
both notices and the basis for all due dates.
    \3\ In its notice of exemption filed in STB Docket No. AB-369 
(Sub-No. 6X), BPRR seeks discontinuance over 48.45 miles of rail 
line, encompassing both the 35.95 miles of rail line at issue here 
and the remaining 12.5 miles of rail line corresponding to the 
notice of exemption filed by Shannon Transport, Inc. (STI), in 
Shannon Transport, Inc.--Abandonment Exemption--in Clarion County, 
PA, STB Docket No. AB-1004X, et al.
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    Pittsburg & Shawmut and BPRR have certified that: (1) No local 
traffic has moved over the line for at least 2 years; (2) there is no 
overhead traffic on the line to be rerouted; (3) no formal complaint 
filed by a user of rail service on the line (or by a state or local 
government entity acting on behalf of such user) regarding cessation of 
service over the line either is pending with the Surface Transportation 
Board or with any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of 
complainant within the 2-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 
CFR 1105.7 (environmental reports), 49 CFR 1105.8 (historic reports), 
49 CFR 1105.11 (transmittal letter), 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper 
publication), and 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental 
agencies) have been met.
    As a condition to these exemptions, any employee adversely affected 
by the abandonment or discontinuance shall be protected under Oregon 
Short Line R. Co.--Abandonment--Goshen, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). To 
address whether this condition adequately protects affected employees, 
a petition for partial revocation under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) must be 
filed.
    Provided no formal expression of intent to file an offer of 
financial assistance (OFA) has been received, these exemptions will be 
effective on July 28, 2007, unless stayed pending reconsideration. 
Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues,\4\ formal 
expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2),\5\ and 
trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by 
July 9, 2007. Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions 
under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by July 18, 2007, with: Surface 
Transportation Board, 395 E Street, SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001.
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    \4\ The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on 
environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board's 
Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) in its independent 
investigation) cannot be made before the exemption's effective date. 
See Exemption of Out-of-Service Rail Lines, 5 I.C.C.2d 377 (1989). 
Any request for a stay should be filed as soon as possible so that 
the Board may take appropriate action before the exemption's 
effective date.
    \5\ Each OFA must be accompanied by the filing fee, which is 
currently set at $1,300. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).
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    A copy of any petition filed with the Board should be sent to 
Pittsburg & Shawmut's and BPRR's representative: Eric M. Hocky, 
Esquire, Gollatz, Griffin & Ewing, P.C., Four Penn Center, Suite 200, 
1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103.
    If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, 
the exemption is void ab initio.
    Pittsburg & Shawmut and BPRR, along with STI, have filed a joint 
combined environmental and historic report, which addresses the 
effects, if any, of the abandonment and discontinuance on the 
environment and historic resources for this line and the line addressed 
in Shannon Transport, Inc.--Abandonment Exemption--in Clarion County, 
PA, STB Docket No. AB-1004X, et al. Additionally, Pittsburg & Shawmut 
has filed a supplemental environmental and historic report, which 
specifically addresses the effects, if any, of the abandonment on this 
line. SEA will issue an environmental assessment (EA) by July 3, 2007. 
Interested persons may obtain a copy of the EA by writing to SEA (Room 
1100, Surface Transportation Board, Washington, DC 20423-0001) or by 
calling SEA, at (202) 245-0305. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is 
available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8339.] Comments on environmental and historic preservation 
matters must be filed within 15 days after the EA becomes available to 
the public.
    Environmental, historic preservation, public use, or trail use/rail 
banking conditions will be imposed, where appropriate, in a subsequent 
decision.

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    Pursuant to the provisions of 49 CFR 1152.29(e)(2), Pittsburg & 
Shawmut shall file a notice of consummation with the Board to signify 
that it has exercised the authority granted and fully abandoned the 
line. If consummation has not been effected by Pittsburg & Shawmut's 
filing of a notice of consummation by June 28, 2008, and there are no 
legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon 
will automatically expire.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at http:/
/www.stb.dot.gov.

    Decided: June 18, 2007.

    By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of 
Proceedings.
Vernon A. Williams,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E7-12216 Filed 6-27-07; 8:45 am]
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