Shannon Transport, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Clarion County, PA; Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, Inc.-Discontinuance Exemption-in Clarion and Jefferson Counties, PA, 35546-35547 [E7-12311]

Download as PDF 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 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 124 / Thursday, June 28, 2007 / Notices consummation has not been effected by STI’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. E7–12311 Filed 6–27–07; 8:45 am] The Circular may be viewed and downloaded through the Internet at http://www.fms.treas.gov/c570. Questions concerning this Notice may be directed to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service, Financial Accounting and Services Division, Surety Bond Branch, 3700 East-West HIghway, Room 6F01, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Dated: June 20, 2007. Vivian L. Cooper, Director, Financial Accounting and Services Division, Financial Management Service. [FR Doc. 07–3177 Filed 6–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P BILLING CODE 4810–35–M DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Fiscal Service Fiscal Service Surety Companies Acceptable on Federal Bonds: Bankers Insurance Company Surety Companies Acceptable on Federal Bonds—Termination; GE Reinsurance Corporation Financial Management Service, Fiscal Service, Department of the Treasury. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This is Supplement No. 16 to the Treasury Department Circular 570, 2006 Revision, published June 30, 2006, at 71 FR 37694. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Surety Bond Branch at (202) 874–6850. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A Certificate of Authority as an acceptable surety on Federal bonds is hereby issued under 31 U.S.C. 9305 to the following company: Bankers Insurance Company (NAIC # 33162). Business Address: P.O. Box 15707, St. Petersburg Florida 33733. Phone: (727) 823–4000 xtn 4908. Underwriting Limitation b/:$4,364,000. Surety Licenses c/: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, LA, MD, MS, MO, MT, NV, NC, OH, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WY. Incorporated in: Florida. Federal bond-approving officers should annotate their reference copies of the Treasury Circular 570 (‘‘Circular’’), 2006 Revision, to reflect this addition. Certificates of Authority expire on June 30th each year, unless revoked prior to that date. The Certificates are subject to subsequent annual renewal as long as the companies remain qualified (see 31 CFR part 223). A list of qualified companies is published annually as of July 1 in the Circular, which outlines details as to underwriting limitations, areas in which companies are licensed to transact surety business, and other information. SUMMARY: This is Supplement No. 14 to the Treasury Department Circular 570, 2006 Revision, published June 30, 2006, at 71 FR 37694. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Surety Bond Branch at (202) 874–6850. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that the Certificate of Authority issued by the Treasury to the above-named company under 31 U.S.C. 9305 to quality as acceptable surety on Federal bonds has been terminated. The above-named company merged with and into Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation effective January 1, 2007. The surviving corporation of the merger activity is Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation, a New York domiciled corporation. Federal bond-approving officials should annotate their reference copies of the Treasury Department Circular 570 (‘‘Circular’’), 2006 Revision, to reflect this change. In the event bond-approving officers have questions relating to bonds issued by the above-named company that has merged with and into Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation, they should contact Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation at (914) 828–8184. The Circular may be viewed and downloaded through the Internet at http://www.fms.treas.gov/c570. Questions concerning this notice may be directed to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service, Financial Accounting and Services Division, Surety Bond Branch, mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:23 Jun 27, 2007 Jkt 211001 Financial Management Service, Fiscal Service, Department of the Treasury. ACTION: Notice. PO 00000 Frm 00126 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35547 3700 East-West Highway, Room 6F01, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Dated: June 15, 2007. Vivian L. Cooper, Financial Accounting and Services Division, Financial Management Service. [FR Doc. 07–3176 Filed 6–27–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810–35–M DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Fiscal Service Surety Companies Acceptable on Federal Bonds—Termination: National Reinsurance Corporation Financial Management Service, Fiscal Service, Department of the Treasury. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: This is Supplement No. 15 to the Treasury Department Circular 570, 2006 Revision, published June 30, 2006 at 71 FR 37694. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Surety Bond Branch at (202) 874–6860. Notice is hereby given that the Certificate of Authority issued by the Treasury to the above-named company under 31 U.S.C. 9305 to qualify as an acceptable reinsurer on Federal bonds was terminated effective June 18, 2007. Federal bond-approving officials annotate their reference copies of the Treasury Department Circular 570 (‘‘Circular’’), 2006 Revision, to reflect this change. With respect to any bonds currently in force with the above listed company, bond-approving officers may let such bonds run to expiration and need not secure new bonds. However, no new bonds should be accepted from this company, and bonds that are continuous in nature should not be renewed. The Circular may be viewed and downloaded through the Internet at http://www.fms.treas.gov/c570. Questions concerning this notice may be directed to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service, Financial Accounting and Services Division, Surety Bond Branch, 3700 East-West Highway, Room 6F01, Hyattsville, MD 20782. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: June 20, 2007. Vivian L. Cooper, Director, Financial Accounting and Services Division, Financial Management Service. 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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 124 (Thursday, June 28, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35546-35547]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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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

    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 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\ 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

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consummation has not been effected by STI'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.
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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-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 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 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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