Petition Under Section 302 on Alleged Expropriations by the Dominican Republic; Decision Not To Initiate Investigation, 41857-41858 [2011-17807]

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Project Facility: Pennsylvania American Water Company—Warren District, Warren City, Warren County, Pa. Application for an into-basin diversion of up to 3.000 mgd from the Ohio River Basin. Public Hearing—Projects Withdrawn 1. Project Sponsor and Facility: Anadarko E&P Company LP (West Branch Susquehanna River–4), Burnside Township, Centre County, Pa. Application for surface water withdrawal of up to 0.720 mgd. 2. Project Sponsor and Facility: Anadarko E&P Company LP (Wolf Run), Snow Shoe Township, Centre County, Pa. Application for surface water withdrawal of up to 0.499 mgd. Public Hearing—Administrative Appeal The Commission denied an administrative appeal by the Allegheny Defense Project of the March 10, 2011, Commission action approving the following projects: 1. Docket No. 20110316. Project Sponsor: Pennsylvania General Energy Company, L.L.C. Project Facility: Scaffold Lick Pond—1, Liberty Township, McKean County, Pa., authorizing an existing into-basin diversion of up to 0.500 mgd from the Ohio River Basin. 2. Docket No. 20110317. Project Sponsor: Pennsylvania General Energy Company, L.L.C. Project Facility: Scaffold Lick Pond—2, Liberty Township, McKean County, Pa., authorizing an existing into-basin diversion of up to 0.500 mgd from the Ohio River Basin. 3. Docket No. 20110318. Project Sponsor: Ultra Resources, Inc. Project Facility: Wayne Gravel Products, Ceres Township, McKean County, Pa., authorizing an existing into-basin diversion of up to 1.170 mgd from the Ohio River Basin. Public Hearing—Amendments to Regulatory Program Fee Schedule The Commission approved amendments to its Regulatory Program Fee Schedule intended to help defray the cost of its Regulatory Program for water resource projects as well as to establish a special rate for multiple PO 00000 Frm 00105 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41857 transfer of approvals in a single transaction and to make clarifications regarding the application of compliance monitoring fees to administratively approved projects, refunds on withdrawn or terminated applications, and the interest rate on installment payments. The amended fee schedule, which can be accessed at the Commission’s web site www.srbc.net, became effective on July 1, 2011. Public Hearing—Comprehensive Plan Amendments The Commission amended its comprehensive plan to include the newly adopted Water Resources Program (FY 2012/2013), the Migratory Fish Management and Restoration Plan for the Susquehanna River Basin, and all projects approved by the Commission since the last revision of the Comprehensive Plan. Authority: Pub. L. 91–575, 84 Stat. 1509 et seq., 18 CFR parts 806, 807, and 808. Dated: July 6, 2011. Thomas W. Beauduy, Deputy Executive Director. [FR Doc. 2011–17922 Filed 7–14–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7040–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Petition Under Section 302 on Alleged Expropriations by the Dominican Republic; Decision Not To Initiate Investigation Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Decision not to initiate investigation. AGENCY: On May 24, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) received a petition under Section 302 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (‘‘Trade Act’’), requesting that the United States Trade Representative (‘‘Trade Representative’’) initiate an investigation under sections 301–309 of the Trade Act (‘‘Section 301’’) with respect to alleged expropriations without adequate compensation by the Government of the Dominican Republic, resulting in an alleged breach of the Dominican Republic’s obligations under the Dominican Republic-Central AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA–DR), as well as being otherwise unreasonable and discriminatory. In accordance with the advice of the interagency Section 301 Committee, the Trade Representative has determined SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15JYN1.SGM 15JYN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 41858 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 136 / Friday, July 15, 2011 / Notices not to initiate a Section 301 investigation. DATES: Effective Date: July 8, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Weinberger, Associate General Counsel, (202) 395–0317; Leslie O’Connor, Deputy Assistant USTR for Central America and the Dominican Republic, (202) 395–5190; Kimberley Claman, Senior Director for Investment Affairs & Financial Services, (202) 395– 4510; and William Busis, Deputy Assistant USTR for Monitoring and Enforcement and Chair of the Section 301 Committee, (202) 395–3150. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 24, 2011, representatives of two individuals—Mauricio Gadala Maria and Carolina Maratos Gadala Maria— filed a petition requesting that the Trade Representative initiate a Section 301 investigation with respect to alleged expropriations without adequate compensation by the Government of the Dominican Republic. The petition states that Elias Gadala Maria—the father of the two petitioners—was a national of El Salvador who invested in the Dominican Republic in the early 1950s, during the Trujillo regime. The property of Mr. Gadala Maria, according to the petition, was nationalized in 1961 and 1962 following the end of the Trujillo regime. The two petitioners—U.S. nationals who reside in Florida—allege to be heirs of Mr. Gadala Maria, and thus claim a property interest in having the Dominican Republic provide adequate compensation for the alleged expropriations. The petition also alleges that the Government of the Dominican Republic has continued to take actions—as recently as March 2011— that infringe petitioners’ property rights. Petitioners allege that the Government of the Dominican Republic breached its CAFTA–DR obligations to accord ‘‘fair and equitable treatment and full protection and security,’’ and to provide ‘‘prompt, adequate and, effective compensation,’’ with respect to investments covered by the CAFTA–DR. Petitioners also contend that the Government of the Dominican Republic has acted unreasonably in denying compensation for the alleged expropriations. Petitioners further claim that the government of the Dominican Republic acted in a ‘‘discriminatory’’ manner because Mr. Gadala Maria allegedly received less favorable treatment than other investors whose property allegedly was expropriated in 1961/62 at the end of the Trujillo regime. Pursuant to the advice of the interagency Section 301 Committee, the Trade Representative has determined VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:55 Jul 14, 2011 Jkt 223001 not to initiate a Section 301 investigation in response to the petition on three separate grounds. First, to the extent that the petition is alleging the expropriation of the property of the petitioners’ father—Mr. Gadala Maria— the petition does not allege the expropriation of any property of a U.S. investor because, according to the petition, Mr. Gadala Maria was not a U.S. national. Second, USTR is not in a position to investigate events that occurred five decades ago—well before both the enactment of the Trade Act and the entry into force of the CAFTA–DR —and thus a Section 301 investigation would not be effective in addressing the matters raised in the petition. Third, with regard to more recent acts, policies, and practices of the Dominican Republic that petitioners allege to breach the Dominican Republic’s investment obligations under the CAFTA–DR, such allegations can be addressed more effectively and directly through Investor-State dispute resolution under Chapter Ten of the CAFTA–DR, which affords U.S. investors the right to pursue claims for resolution of Investor-State disputes without requiring intervention by the U.S. Government. The merits of any such claims would be determined by an international arbitration panel formed to hear the dispute. William Busis, Chair, Section 301 Committee. [FR Doc. 2011–17807 Filed 7–14–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W1–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Petition Under Section 302 on the U.S.Israel Free Trade Agreement; Decision Not To Initiate Investigation Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Decision not to initiate investigation. AGENCY: On May 24, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) received a petition pursuant to section 302 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (‘‘Trade Act’’), requesting that the United States Trade Representative (‘‘Trade Representative’’) initiate an investigation under sections 301–309 of the Trade Act (‘‘Section 301’’) with respect to alleged conduct of the Government of Israel during the negotiation in the 1980s of the U.S.Israel Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Israel FTA). In accordance with the advice of the interagency Section 301 Committee, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00106 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the Trade Representative has determined not to initiate an investigation in response to the petition. DATES: Effective Date: July 8, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Weinberger, Associate General Counsel, (202) 395–0317; Sonia Franceski, Director for Middle East Affairs, (202) 395–4620; or William Busis, Deputy Assistant USTR for Monitoring and Enforcement and Chair of the Section 301 Committee, (202) 395–3150. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 24, 2011, an organization entitled the ‘‘Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy’’ (‘‘IRMEP’’) filed a petition pursuant to section 302 of the Trade Act alleging that in 1984, during the negotiation of the U.S.-Israel FTA, the Government of Israel misappropriated business confidential information provided to USTR and the U.S. International Trade Commission by U.S. trade associations, companies, and industries. The petition alleges that the Government of Israel used this information to gain a systemic advantage in the U.S. market, and that this is the cause of the bilateral U.S. trade deficit with Israel. The petition further claims that the alleged misappropriation has diminished the profits of U.S. industry. The petition seeks a $6.64 billion settlement from the Government of Israel, to be divided among U.S. industry groups. Upon the advice of the interagency Section 301 Committee, the Trade Representative has determined on two separate grounds not to initiate a Section 301 investigation in response to the petition. First, IRMEP—which describes itself as an organization involved in Middle East policy formation—lacks standing to file a petition addressed to an alleged loss of revenue by U.S. companies. The petition provides a diverse list of 76 corporations and industry associations that purportedly opposed the U.S.-Israel FTA in the mid-1980s, and the petition alleges that IRMEP represents ‘‘some’’ of those corporations and industry associations. USTR regulations, however, require that a petition affirmatively ‘‘identify the * * * firm or association * * * which petitioner represents and describe briefly the economic interest of the petitioner which is directly affected by’’ the matter addressed in the petition. 15 CFR 2006.1(a)(1). The petition fails to do so. Second, the petition fails to allege the existence of any act, policy, or practice of the Government of Israel that might be actionable under Section 301. Rather, the petition is addressed to an alleged E:\FR\FM\15JYN1.SGM 15JYN1

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Petition Under Section 302 on Alleged Expropriations by the 
Dominican Republic; Decision Not To Initiate Investigation

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Decision not to initiate investigation.

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SUMMARY: On May 24, 2011, the Office of the United States Trade 
Representative (USTR) received a petition under Section 302 of the 
Trade Act of 1974, as amended (``Trade Act''), requesting that the 
United States Trade Representative (``Trade Representative'') initiate 
an investigation under sections 301-309 of the Trade Act (``Section 
301'') with respect to alleged expropriations without adequate 
compensation by the Government of the Dominican Republic, resulting in 
an alleged breach of the Dominican Republic's obligations under the 
Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement 
(CAFTA-DR), as well as being otherwise unreasonable and discriminatory. 
In accordance with the advice of the interagency Section 301 Committee, 
the Trade Representative has determined

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not to initiate a Section 301 investigation.

DATES: Effective Date: July 8, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Weinberger, Associate General 
Counsel, (202) 395-0317; Leslie O'Connor, Deputy Assistant USTR for 
Central America and the Dominican Republic, (202) 395-5190; Kimberley 
Claman, Senior Director for Investment Affairs & Financial Services, 
(202) 395-4510; and William Busis, Deputy Assistant USTR for Monitoring 
and Enforcement and Chair of the Section 301 Committee, (202) 395-3150.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 24, 2011, representatives of two 
individuals--Mauricio Gadala Maria and Carolina Maratos Gadala Maria--
filed a petition requesting that the Trade Representative initiate a 
Section 301 investigation with respect to alleged expropriations 
without adequate compensation by the Government of the Dominican 
Republic. The petition states that Elias Gadala Maria--the father of 
the two petitioners--was a national of El Salvador who invested in the 
Dominican Republic in the early 1950s, during the Trujillo regime. The 
property of Mr. Gadala Maria, according to the petition, was 
nationalized in 1961 and 1962 following the end of the Trujillo regime. 
The two petitioners--U.S. nationals who reside in Florida--allege to be 
heirs of Mr. Gadala Maria, and thus claim a property interest in having 
the Dominican Republic provide adequate compensation for the alleged 
expropriations. The petition also alleges that the Government of the 
Dominican Republic has continued to take actions--as recently as March 
2011--that infringe petitioners' property rights.
    Petitioners allege that the Government of the Dominican Republic 
breached its CAFTA-DR obligations to accord ``fair and equitable 
treatment and full protection and security,'' and to provide ``prompt, 
adequate and, effective compensation,'' with respect to investments 
covered by the CAFTA-DR. Petitioners also contend that the Government 
of the Dominican Republic has acted unreasonably in denying 
compensation for the alleged expropriations. Petitioners further claim 
that the government of the Dominican Republic acted in a 
``discriminatory'' manner because Mr. Gadala Maria allegedly received 
less favorable treatment than other investors whose property allegedly 
was expropriated in 1961/62 at the end of the Trujillo regime.
    Pursuant to the advice of the interagency Section 301 Committee, 
the Trade Representative has determined not to initiate a Section 301 
investigation in response to the petition on three separate grounds. 
First, to the extent that the petition is alleging the expropriation of 
the property of the petitioners' father--Mr. Gadala Maria--the petition 
does not allege the expropriation of any property of a U.S. investor 
because, according to the petition, Mr. Gadala Maria was not a U.S. 
national. Second, USTR is not in a position to investigate events that 
occurred five decades ago--well before both the enactment of the Trade 
Act and the entry into force of the CAFTA-DR --and thus a Section 301 
investigation would not be effective in addressing the matters raised 
in the petition. Third, with regard to more recent acts, policies, and 
practices of the Dominican Republic that petitioners allege to breach 
the Dominican Republic's investment obligations under the CAFTA-DR, 
such allegations can be addressed more effectively and directly through 
Investor-State dispute resolution under Chapter Ten of the CAFTA-DR, 
which affords U.S. investors the right to pursue claims for resolution 
of Investor-State disputes without requiring intervention by the U.S. 
Government. The merits of any such claims would be determined by an 
international arbitration panel formed to hear the dispute.

William Busis,
Chair, Section 301 Committee.
[FR Doc. 2011-17807 Filed 7-14-11; 8:45 am]
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