Buckeye East Chicago Railroad LLC-Abandonment Exemption-in Lake County, Ind.; Landisville Railroad, LLC-Discontinuance Exemption-in Lake County, Ind., 48310 [2017-22465]

Download as PDF 48310 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 199 / Tuesday, October 17, 2017 / Notices pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), E.O. 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236–3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257–1 of December 11, 2015). I have ordered that Public Notice of these determinations be published in the Federal Register. Alyson Grunder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2017–22410 Filed 10–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. AB 1247; Docket No. AB 1248] sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Buckeye East Chicago Railroad LLC— Abandonment Exemption—in Lake County, Ind.; Landisville Railroad, LLC—Discontinuance Exemption—in Lake County, Ind. On September 27, 2017, Buckeye East Chicago Railroad LLC (BECR) and Landisville Railroad, LLC (Landisville) (collectively, Petitioners) jointly filed with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to abandon and discontinue, respectively, approximately 1.34 miles of rail line located within the East Chicago Transload Facility (Facility) at or near 400 East Columbus Drive in East Chicago, Lake County, Ind. (the Line). The Line traverses United States Postal Service ZIP Code 46312. Petitioners state the Line does not include stations other than the Facility and does not have milepost designations. According to Petitioners, Landisville exclusively provides transloading and interchange services on behalf of BECR to a connection with the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad (IHBR). Petitioners state that Buckeye Terminals, LLC, the operator of the Facility, is the only shipper on the Line. Upon consummation of the proposed transaction, Petitioners state that IHBR would continue to pick up and deliver traffic to the Facility as a common carrier. Petitioners also state that Buckeye Terminals, which will be BECR’s successor as owner of the Line, or Landisville, as a private contract operator to Buckeye Terminals, will move cars around the Facility and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:10 Oct 16, 2017 Jkt 244001 provide the transload services, but would do so over private track that would no longer be subject to the Board’s jurisdiction. Petitioners state that no other customers have requested common carrier service from either BECR or Landisville. The parties state that Buckeye Partners, as the parent of both BECR and Buckeye Terminals, has consented to and supports the proposed abandonment and discontinuance. Petitioners state that Landisville is also willing to accommodate the abandonment of the Line by seeking discontinuance of its common carrier operating right over the Line. According to the Petitioners, the Line is stub-ended and therefore may not accommodate overhead traffic. The Petitioners state that, based on information in BECR’s and Buckeye Terminals’ possession, the Line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any documentation in their possession will be made available promptly to those requesting it. The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line Railroad— Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979). By issuing this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be issued by January 12, 2018. Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) will be due no later than 10 days after service of a decision granting the petition for exemption. Each OFA must be accompanied by a $1,800 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25). All interested persons should be aware that, following discontinuance and abandonment, the Line may be suitable for other public use, including interim trail use. Any request for a public use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for interim trail use/rail banking under 49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than November 6, 2017. Each interim trail use request must be accompanied by a $300 filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(27). All filings in response to this notice must refer to Docket Nos. AB 1247 and AB 1248 and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423–0001; (2) Charles A. Spitulnik, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036; and (3) Eric M. Hocky, Clark Hill PLC, One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, Suite 1000, Philadelphia, PO 00000 Frm 00099 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 PA 19102. Replies to the petition are due on or before November 6, 2017. Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment or discontinuance procedures may contact the Board’s Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245–0238 or refer to the full abandonment or discontinuance regulations at 49 CFR part 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be directed to the Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) at (202) 245–0305. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339. An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement (EIS), if necessary) prepared by OEA will be served upon all parties of record and upon any agencies or other persons who comment during its preparation. Other interested persons may contact OEA to obtain a copy of the EA (or EIS). EAs in abandonment proceedings normally will be made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The deadline for submission of comments on the EA generally will be within 30 days of its service. Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at WWW.STB.GOV. By the Board, Scott M. Zimmerman, Acting Director, Office of Proceedings. Decided: October 12, 2017. Tammy Lowery, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2017–22465 Filed 10–16–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. AB 1249] Buckeye Hammond Railroad LLC— Abandonment Exemption—in Lake County, Ind. On September 27, 2017, Buckeye Hammond Railroad LLC (BHRR) filed with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the prior approval requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to abandon approximately 1.29 miles of rail line located within the Hammond Transload Facility (Facility) in Hammond, Lake County, Ind., traversing United States Postal Service Zip Codes 46320 and 46312 (the Line). BHRR states that the Line does not include stations other than the Facility and does not have milepost designations. According to BHRR, Buckeye Terminals, LLC, is the only shipper on the Line, which is used exclusively for E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1

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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

[Docket No. AB 1247; Docket No. AB 1248]


Buckeye East Chicago Railroad LLC--Abandonment Exemption--in Lake 
County, Ind.; Landisville Railroad, LLC--Discontinuance Exemption--in 
Lake County, Ind.

    On September 27, 2017, Buckeye East Chicago Railroad LLC (BECR) and 
Landisville Railroad, LLC (Landisville) (collectively, Petitioners) 
jointly filed with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) a petition 
under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the prior approval 
requirements of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to abandon and discontinue, 
respectively, approximately 1.34 miles of rail line located within the 
East Chicago Transload Facility (Facility) at or near 400 East Columbus 
Drive in East Chicago, Lake County, Ind. (the Line). The Line traverses 
United States Postal Service ZIP Code 46312. Petitioners state the Line 
does not include stations other than the Facility and does not have 
milepost designations.
    According to Petitioners, Landisville exclusively provides 
transloading and interchange services on behalf of BECR to a connection 
with the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad (IHBR). Petitioners state that 
Buckeye Terminals, LLC, the operator of the Facility, is the only 
shipper on the Line. Upon consummation of the proposed transaction, 
Petitioners state that IHBR would continue to pick up and deliver 
traffic to the Facility as a common carrier. Petitioners also state 
that Buckeye Terminals, which will be BECR's successor as owner of the 
Line, or Landisville, as a private contract operator to Buckeye 
Terminals, will move cars around the Facility and provide the transload 
services, but would do so over private track that would no longer be 
subject to the Board's jurisdiction. Petitioners state that no other 
customers have requested common carrier service from either BECR or 
Landisville.
    The parties state that Buckeye Partners, as the parent of both BECR 
and Buckeye Terminals, has consented to and supports the proposed 
abandonment and discontinuance. Petitioners state that Landisville is 
also willing to accommodate the abandonment of the Line by seeking 
discontinuance of its common carrier operating right over the Line.
    According to the Petitioners, the Line is stub-ended and therefore 
may not accommodate overhead traffic. The Petitioners state that, based 
on information in BECR's and Buckeye Terminals' possession, the Line 
does not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any documentation in 
their possession will be made available promptly to those requesting 
it.
    The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the 
conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line Railroad--Abandonment Portion 
Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, 
Idaho, 360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
    By issuing this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption 
proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be 
issued by January 12, 2018.
    Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2) 
will be due no later than 10 days after service of a decision granting 
the petition for exemption. Each OFA must be accompanied by a $1,800 
filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).
    All interested persons should be aware that, following 
discontinuance and abandonment, the Line may be suitable for other 
public use, including interim trail use. Any request for a public use 
condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for interim trail use/rail banking 
under 49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than November 6, 2017. Each 
interim trail use request must be accompanied by a $300 filing fee. See 
49 CFR 1002.2(f)(27).
    All filings in response to this notice must refer to Docket Nos. AB 
1247 and AB 1248 and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation Board, 
395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001; (2) Charles A. Spitulnik, 
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW., Suite 800, 
Washington, DC 20036; and (3) Eric M. Hocky, Clark Hill PLC, One 
Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, Suite 1000, Philadelphia, PA 
19102. Replies to the petition are due on or before November 6, 2017.
    Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment or 
discontinuance procedures may contact the Board's Office of Public 
Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance at (202) 245-0238 or 
refer to the full abandonment or discontinuance regulations at 49 CFR 
part 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be directed to 
the Board's Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) at (202) 245-0305. 
Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement 
(EIS), if necessary) prepared by OEA will be served upon all parties of 
record and upon any agencies or other persons who comment during its 
preparation. Other interested persons may contact OEA to obtain a copy 
of the EA (or EIS). EAs in abandonment proceedings normally will be 
made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The 
deadline for submission of comments on the EA generally will be within 
30 days of its service.
    Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at 
WWW.STB.GOV.

    By the Board, Scott M. Zimmerman, Acting Director, Office of 
Proceedings.

    Decided: October 12, 2017.
Tammy Lowery,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2017-22465 Filed 10-16-17; 8:45 am]
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