Union Pacific Railroad Company-Abandonment Exemption-in Harris County, Tex., 55924 [2020-20017]

Download as PDF 55924 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 176 / Thursday, September 10, 2020 / Notices The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for registration details. SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Union Pacific Railroad Company— Abandonment Exemption—in Harris County, Tex. ADDRESSES: Kristen Nunnally at (202) 245–0312 or Kristen.Nunnally@stb.gov. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. RETAC was formed in 2007 to provide advice and guidance to the Board, and to serve as a forum for discussion of emerging issues related to the transportation of energy resources by rail, including coal, ethanol, and other biofuels. Establishment of a Rail Energy Transp. Advisory Comm., EP 670 (STB served July 17, 2007). The purpose of this meeting is to facilitate discussions regarding issues of interest, including rail service, infrastructure planning and development, and effective coordination among suppliers, rail carriers, and users of energy resources. Agenda items for this meeting may include a rail performance measures review, industry segment updates by RETAC members, and a roundtable discussion. The meeting, which is open to the public via Zoom, will be conducted in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2; Federal Advisory Committee Management regulations, 41 CFR pt. 102–3; the RETAC charter; and Board procedures. Members of the public who wish to attend this meeting must register in advance of the meeting. The registration link is provided on the Board’s website at https://prod.stb.gov/resources/ stakeholder-committees/retac/. Registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis. Any further communications about this meeting will be announced through the Board’s website at www.stb.gov. Written Comments: Members of the public may submit written comments to RETAC at any time. Comments should be addressed to RETAC, c/o Kristen Nunnally, Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001 or Kristen.Nunnally@ stb.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Authority: 49 U.S.C. 1321, 49 U.S.C. 11101; 49 U.S.C. 11121. Decided: September 4, 2020. By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–20014 Filed 9–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:38 Sep 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 [Docket No. AB 33 (Sub–No. 343X)] Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) has filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR part 1152 subpart F— Exempt Abandonments to abandon rail service over an approximately 1.24-mile portion of the Houston Navigation Lead, from milepost 0.98 to milepost 1.31 and from milepost 1.71 to milepost 2.62, in Harris County, Tex. (the Line). The Line traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Codes 77002 and 77003. UP has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the Line for at least two years; (2) no overhead traffic has moved over the Line for at least two years and there is therefore no need to reroute any traffic; (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 is pending either with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) or any U.S. District Court or has been decided in favor of a complainant within the two-year period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper publication), 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies), and 49 CFR 1105.7 and 1105.8 (environmental and historic report) have been met. As a condition to this exemption, any employee adversely affected by the abandonment shall be protected under Oregon Short Line Railroad— Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 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) 1 has been received, this exemption will be effective on October 10, 2020, unless stayed pending reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental issues 2 must 1 Persons interested in submitting an OFA must first file a formal expression of intent to file an offer, indicating the type of financial assistance they wish to provide (i.e., subsidy or purchase) and demonstrating that they are preliminarily financially responsible. See 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2)(i). 2 The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) in its independent investigation) cannot be made before the exemption’s effective date. See Exemption of Out-of-Serv. Rail Lines, 5 PO 00000 Frm 00113 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 be filed by September 18, 2020, and formal expressions of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2) and interim trail use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by September 21, 2020.3 Petitions to reopen or requests for public use conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by September 30, 2020, with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001. A copy of any petition filed with Board should be sent to UP’s representative, Jeremy Berman, 1400 Douglas St. #1580, Omaha, NE 68179. If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. UP has filed a combined environmental and historic report that addresses the potential effects of the abandonment on the environment and historic resources. OEA will issue a Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) by September 15, 2020. The Draft EA will be available to interested persons on the Board’s website, by writing to OEA, or by calling OEA at (202) 245–0305. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339. Comments on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed within 15 days after the Draft 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), UP 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 UP’s filing a notice of consummation by September 10, 2021, and there are no legal or regulatory barriers to consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire. Board decisions and notices are available at www.stb.gov. Decided: September 4, 2020. By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings. Regena Smith-Bernard, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–20017 Filed 9–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P 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. 3 Filings fees for OFAs and trail use requests can be found at 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25) and (27), respectively. E:\FR\FM\10SEN1.SGM 10SEN1

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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

[Docket No. AB 33 (Sub-No. 343X)]


Union Pacific Railroad Company--Abandonment Exemption--in Harris 
County, Tex.

    Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) has filed a verified notice of 
exemption under 49 CFR part 1152 subpart F--Exempt Abandonments to 
abandon rail service over an approximately 1.24-mile portion of the 
Houston Navigation Lead, from milepost 0.98 to milepost 1.31 and from 
milepost 1.71 to milepost 2.62, in Harris County, Tex. (the Line). The 
Line traverses U.S. Postal Service Zip Codes 77002 and 77003.
    UP has certified that: (1) No local traffic has moved over the Line 
for at least two years; (2) no overhead traffic has moved over the Line 
for at least two years and there is therefore no need to reroute any 
traffic; (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 is pending either 
with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) or any U.S. District 
Court or has been decided in favor of a complainant within the two-year 
period; and (4) the requirements at 49 CFR 1105.12 (newspaper 
publication), 49 CFR 1152.50(d)(1) (notice to governmental agencies), 
and 49 CFR 1105.7 and 1105.8 (environmental and historic report) have 
been met.
    As a condition to this exemption, any employee adversely affected 
by the abandonment shall be protected under Oregon Short Line 
Railroad--Abandonment Portion Goshen Branch Between Firth & Ammon, in 
Bingham & Bonneville Counties, Idaho, 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) \1\ has been received, this exemption will 
be effective on October 10, 2020, unless stayed pending 
reconsideration. Petitions to stay that do not involve environmental 
issues \2\ must be filed by September 18, 2020, and formal expressions 
of intent to file an OFA under 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2) and interim trail 
use/rail banking requests under 49 CFR 1152.29 must be filed by 
September 21, 2020.\3\ Petitions to reopen or requests for public use 
conditions under 49 CFR 1152.28 must be filed by September 30, 2020, 
with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 
20423-0001.
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    \1\ Persons interested in submitting an OFA must first file a 
formal expression of intent to file an offer, indicating the type of 
financial assistance they wish to provide (i.e., subsidy or 
purchase) and demonstrating that they are preliminarily financially 
responsible. See 49 CFR 1152.27(c)(2)(i).
    \2\ The Board will grant a stay if an informed decision on 
environmental issues (whether raised by a party or by the Board's 
Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) in its independent 
investigation) cannot be made before the exemption's effective date. 
See Exemption of Out-of-Serv. 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.
    \3\ Filings fees for OFAs and trail use requests can be found at 
49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25) and (27), respectively.
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    A copy of any petition filed with Board should be sent to UP's 
representative, Jeremy Berman, 1400 Douglas St. #1580, Omaha, NE 68179.
    If the verified notice contains false or misleading information, 
the exemption is void ab initio.
    UP has filed a combined environmental and historic report that 
addresses the potential effects of the abandonment on the environment 
and historic resources. OEA will issue a Draft Environmental Assessment 
(Draft EA) by September 15, 2020. The Draft EA will be available to 
interested persons on the Board's website, by writing to OEA, or by 
calling OEA at (202) 245-0305. Assistance for the hearing impaired is 
available through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Comments 
on environmental and historic preservation matters must be filed within 
15 days after the Draft 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), UP 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 UP's filing a notice of consummation by September 
10, 2021, and there are no legal or regulatory barriers to 
consummation, the authority to abandon will automatically expire.
    Board decisions and notices are available at www.stb.gov.

    Decided: September 4, 2020.

    By the Board, Allison C. Davis, Director, Office of Proceedings.
Regena Smith-Bernard,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2020-20017 Filed 9-9-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4915-01-P