Canadian National Railway Company. Grand Trunk Corporation, and CN'S Rail Operating Subsidiaries-Control-Kansas City Southern, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, Gateway Eastern Railway Company, and The Texas Mexican Railway Company, 27499-27500 [2021-10668]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 96 / Thursday, May 20, 2021 / Notices SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD [Docket No. FD 36514] Canadian National Railway Company. Grand Trunk Corporation, and CN’S Rail Operating Subsidiaries—Control— Kansas City Southern, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, Gateway Eastern Railway Company, and The Texas Mexican Railway Company Surface Transportation Board. Decision No. 2 in Docket No. FD 36514; notice of receipt of prefiling notification. AGENCY: ACTION: Canadian National Railway Company (CNR), Grand Trunk Corporation (GTC), and their rail operating subsidiaries (collectively with CNR and GTC, CN or Applicants) have notified the Surface Transportation Board (Board) of their intent to file an application seeking authority for the acquisition of control by CNR, through its wholly owned subsidiary Brooklyn Merger Sub, Inc. (Brooklyn Merger Sub), of Kansas City Southern, and through it, of The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCSR), Gateway Eastern Railway Company, and The Texas Mexican Railway Company (collectively, KCS), in the event that Kansas City Southern accepts an acquisition proposal that CN conveyed to Kansas City Southern’s Board of Directors on April 20, 2021 (CN Proposal). Applicants have indicated that 2019 will be the base year for their impact analysis and that they anticipate filing their application on approximately August 20, 2021. ADDRESSES: Any filing submitted in this proceeding should be filed with the Board via e-filing on the Board’s website. In addition, one copy of each filing must be sent (and may be sent by email only, if service by email is acceptable to the recipient) to each of the following: (1) Secretary of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; (2) Attorney General of the United States, c/o Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Room 3109, Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20530; (3) CN’s representative, Raymond A. Atkins, Sidley Austin LLP, 1501 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005; (4) KCS’s representative, William A. Mullins, Baker & Miller PLLC, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20037; (5) any other person designated as a Party of Record on the service list; and, as noted below, (6) the administrative law judge assigned in this proceeding. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:36 May 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Valerie Quinn at (202) 245–0283. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the terms of the CN Proposal, CNR,1 through its subsidiary Brooklyn Merger Sub, would acquire all of the capital stock of Kansas City Southern. (Notice of Intent 4.) Specifically, upon receipt of approval by the shareholders of Kansas City Southern 2 and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions, Brooklyn Merger Sub would merge with and into Kansas City Southern (the Merger), with Kansas City Southern surviving the Merger. (Id.) Upon completion of the Merger, holders of Kansas City Southern’s common stock would become entitled to receive a combination of CNR common shares and cash in exchange for their common stock, and holders of Kansas City Southern’s preferred stock would become entitled to receive cash in exchange for their preferred shares. (Id. at 4–5.) Immediately following completion of the Merger, CNR’s voting interest in Kansas City Southern acquired in the Merger would be placed into an independent voting trust pending review and approval of the control transaction by the Board.3 (Notice of Intent 5.) Applicants state that, should the Board take final and favorable action on the application, which would be filed pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 11323–11325, only then would the voting trust be terminated and CNR assume control of Kansas City Southern 1 CN’s rail operating subsidiaries in the United States include Illinois Central Railroad Company, Wisconsin Central Ltd.; Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company; Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad Company; Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad Company; Cedar River Railroad Company; The Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock Company; Sault. Ste Marie Bridge Company; Waterloo Railway Company; and Wisconsin Chicago Link Ltd. CN’s rail operating subsidiaries in Canada include Algoma Central Railway, Inc., Quebec and Lake Saint John Railway Company, Canadian Northern Quebec Railway Company, Canada Southern Railway Company, and BC Rail Partnership. 2 On May 13, 2021, KCS announced that its board of directors determined that CN’s Proposal constituted a ‘‘Company Superior Proposal’’ as defined in KCS’s merger agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway Limited. For further details, see Press Release, KCS, KCS Receives Revised Proposal from CN That Bd. of Directors Determines is a ‘‘Company Superior Proposal’’ (May 13, 2021), https://www.kcsouthern.com/media/news/newsreleases/kansas-city-southern-receives-revisedproposal-from-canadian-national-railway-thatboard-of-directors-determines-is-a-companysuperior-proposal. 3 On April 26, 2021, Applicants submitted a motion for Board approval of a voting trust agreement, pursuant to 49 CFR 1180.4(b)(4)(iv). The Board addresses Applicants’ motion in a separate decision. PO 00000 Frm 00136 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27499 and its railroad affiliates. (Notice of Intent 5.) Applicants indicate that they will use 2019 as the base year for the impact analysis in the application and that they anticipate filing their application on approximately August 20, 2021. (Id. at 1.) Major Transaction Status. The Board finds that this is a major transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(a), as it is a control transaction involving two or more Class I railroads. CNR presently controls GTC, a Class I rail carrier, and proposes to acquire common control of KCSR, also a Class I railroad. Protective Order. By motion filed April 20, 2021, Applicants requested a protective order to protect confidential, highly confidential, and proprietary information to be submitted in connection with the control application. By decision served April 28, 2021, Applicants’ motion for a protective order was granted. Proposed Procedural Schedule. Also on April 20, 2021, Applicants filed a petition to establish a procedural schedule. The Board will solicit comments on the proposed procedural schedule in a separate decision. Administrative Law Judge. The Board has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission to employ the services of administrative law judges (ALJs) on a case-by-case basis to perform discrete, Boardassigned functions such as adjudicating discovery disputes in cases pending before the Board. The Board hereby assigns and authorizes Administrative Law Judge Thomas McCarthy to entertain and rule upon discovery matters and to resolve initially all disputes concerning discovery in this proceeding. Parties are directed to send copies of all their filings and documents in this proceeding to Judge McCarthy, at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004–1710, and at ctolbert@fmshrc.gov and zbyers@ fmshrc.gov. It is ordered: 1. This proceeding is assigned to Administrative Law Judge Thomas McCarthy for the handling of all discovery matters and initial resolution of all discovery disputes. 2. In addition to filing pleadings with the Board and serving copies on the Secretary of Transportation, the Attorney General of the United States, Applicants’ representatives, and other parties of record, parties must send a copy of all filings and documents to Judge McCarthy at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004– E:\FR\FM\20MYN1.SGM 20MYN1 27500 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 96 / Thursday, May 20, 2021 / Notices 1710, and at ctolbert@fmshrc.gov and zbyers@fmshrc.gov. 3. Judge McCarthy will be added to the service list in this proceeding and a copy of this decision will be served upon him. 4. A copy of this decision will be served on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), at Human Resource Solutions, ALJ Program Office, 1900 E Street NW, Suite 2469, Washington, DC 20415–9400 and electronically at karyn.lusby@opm.gov. Judge McCarthy shall send a copy of the notice or order that constitutes the final disposition of his assignment of this case to OPM at the above address. 5. This decision is effective on its service date. Decided: May 14, 2021. By the Board, Board Members Begeman, Fuchs, Oberman, Primus, and Schultz. Eden Besera, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2021–10668 Filed 5–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2021–0017] Pipeline Safety: Request for Special Permit; Colorado Interstate Gas Company, LLC Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: PHMSA is publishing this notice to solicit public comments on a request for special permit received from the Colorado Interstate Gas Company, LLC (CIG). The special permit request is seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the Federal pipeline safety regulations. At the conclusion of the 30-day comment period, PHMSA will review the comments received from this notice as part of its evaluation to grant or deny the special permit request. DATES: Submit any comments regarding this special permit request by June 21, 2021. ADDRESSES: Comments should reference the docket number for this special permit request and may be submitted in the following ways: • E-Gov Website: https:// www.Regulations.gov. This site allows the public to enter comments on any Federal Register notice issued by any agency. 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Pursuant to 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 190.343, you may ask PHMSA to give confidential treatment to information you give to the agency by taking the following steps: (1) Mark each page of the original document submission containing CBI as ‘‘Confidential’’; (2) send PHMSA, along with the original document, a second copy of the original document with the CBI deleted; and (3) explain why the information you are submitting is CBI. Unless you are notified otherwise, PHMSA will treat such marked submissions as confidential under the FOIA, and they will not be placed in the public docket of this notice. Submissions containing CBI should be sent to Kay McIver, DOT, PHMSA– PHP–80, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Any commentary PHMSA receives that is not PO 00000 Frm 00137 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 specifically designated as CBI will be placed in the public docket for this matter. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: General: Ms. Kay McIver by telephone at 202–366–0113, or by email at kay.mciver@dot.gov. Technical: Mr. Steve Nanney by telephone at 713–272–2855, or by email at steve.nanney@dot.gov. PHMSA received a special permit request from the CIG, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, Inc., seeking a waiver from the requirements of 49 CFR 192.611(a) and (d), Change in class location and Confirmation or revision of maximum allowable operating pressure; and 49 CFR 192.619(a), Maximum allowable operating pressure: Steel or plastic pipelines. This special permit is being requested in lieu of pipe replacement or pressure reduction for one (1) pipeline segment totaling 552 feet (approximately 0.105 miles) of 22-inch diameter pipe on the 0005–A Denver-Rock Springs Mainline Pipeline located in Adams County, Colorado. The proposed special permit will allow operation of the original Class 1 pipe in the Class 3 location. The proposed special permit segment on the CIG 0005–A Denver-Rock Springs Mainline Pipeline has a maximum allowable operating pressure of 822 pounds per square inch gauge and was constructed in 1956. The special permit request, proposed special permit with conditions, and Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the CIG 0005–A Denver-Rock Springs Mainline Pipeline are available for review and public comments in Docket No. PHMSA–2021–0017. PHMSA invites interested persons to review and submit comments on the special permit request and DEA in the docket. Please include any comments on potential safety and environmental impacts that may result if the special permit is granted. Comments may include relevant data. Before issuing a decision on the special permit request, PHMSA will evaluate all comments received on or before the comments closing date. Comments received after the closing date will be evaluated, if it is possible to do so without incurring additional expense or delay. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 96 (Thursday, May 20, 2021)]
[Notices]
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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD

[Docket No. FD 36514]


Canadian National Railway Company. Grand Trunk Corporation, and 
CN'S Rail Operating Subsidiaries--Control--Kansas City Southern, The 
Kansas City Southern Railway Company, Gateway Eastern Railway Company, 
and The Texas Mexican Railway Company

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board.

ACTION: Decision No. 2 in Docket No. FD 36514; notice of receipt of 
prefiling notification.

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SUMMARY: Canadian National Railway Company (CNR), Grand Trunk 
Corporation (GTC), and their rail operating subsidiaries (collectively 
with CNR and GTC, CN or Applicants) have notified the Surface 
Transportation Board (Board) of their intent to file an application 
seeking authority for the acquisition of control by CNR, through its 
wholly owned subsidiary Brooklyn Merger Sub, Inc. (Brooklyn Merger 
Sub), of Kansas City Southern, and through it, of The Kansas City 
Southern Railway Company (KCSR), Gateway Eastern Railway Company, and 
The Texas Mexican Railway Company (collectively, KCS), in the event 
that Kansas City Southern accepts an acquisition proposal that CN 
conveyed to Kansas City Southern's Board of Directors on April 20, 2021 
(CN Proposal). Applicants have indicated that 2019 will be the base 
year for their impact analysis and that they anticipate filing their 
application on approximately August 20, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Any filing submitted in this proceeding should be filed with 
the Board via e-filing on the Board's website. In addition, one copy of 
each filing must be sent (and may be sent by email only, if service by 
email is acceptable to the recipient) to each of the following: (1) 
Secretary of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 
20590; (2) Attorney General of the United States, c/o Assistant 
Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Room 3109, Department of Justice, 
Washington, DC 20530; (3) CN's representative, Raymond A. Atkins, 
Sidley Austin LLP, 1501 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005; (4) KCS's 
representative, William A. Mullins, Baker & Miller PLLC, 2401 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20037; (5) any other 
person designated as a Party of Record on the service list; and, as 
noted below, (6) the administrative law judge assigned in this 
proceeding.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Valerie Quinn at (202) 245-0283. 
Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal 
Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the terms of the CN Proposal, CNR,\1\ 
through its subsidiary Brooklyn Merger Sub, would acquire all of the 
capital stock of Kansas City Southern. (Notice of Intent 4.) 
Specifically, upon receipt of approval by the shareholders of Kansas 
City Southern \2\ and the satisfaction of other customary closing 
conditions, Brooklyn Merger Sub would merge with and into Kansas City 
Southern (the Merger), with Kansas City Southern surviving the Merger. 
(Id.) Upon completion of the Merger, holders of Kansas City Southern's 
common stock would become entitled to receive a combination of CNR 
common shares and cash in exchange for their common stock, and holders 
of Kansas City Southern's preferred stock would become entitled to 
receive cash in exchange for their preferred shares. (Id. at 4-5.) 
Immediately following completion of the Merger, CNR's voting interest 
in Kansas City Southern acquired in the Merger would be placed into an 
independent voting trust pending review and approval of the control 
transaction by the Board.\3\ (Notice of Intent 5.) Applicants state 
that, should the Board take final and favorable action on the 
application, which would be filed pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 11323-11325, 
only then would the voting trust be terminated and CNR assume control 
of Kansas City Southern and its railroad affiliates. (Notice of Intent 
5.)
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    \1\ CN's rail operating subsidiaries in the United States 
include Illinois Central Railroad Company, Wisconsin Central Ltd.; 
Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company; Bessemer and Lake Erie 
Railroad Company; Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad Company; Cedar 
River Railroad Company; The Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock Company; 
Sault. Ste Marie Bridge Company; Waterloo Railway Company; and 
Wisconsin Chicago Link Ltd. CN's rail operating subsidiaries in 
Canada include Algoma Central Railway, Inc., Quebec and Lake Saint 
John Railway Company, Canadian Northern Quebec Railway Company, 
Canada Southern Railway Company, and BC Rail Partnership.
    \2\ On May 13, 2021, KCS announced that its board of directors 
determined that CN's Proposal constituted a ``Company Superior 
Proposal'' as defined in KCS's merger agreement with Canadian 
Pacific Railway Limited. For further details, see Press Release, 
KCS, KCS Receives Revised Proposal from CN That Bd. of Directors 
Determines is a ``Company Superior Proposal'' (May 13, 2021), 
https://www.kcsouthern.com/media/news/news-releases/kansas-city-southern-receives-revised-proposal-from-canadian-national-railway-that-board-of-directors-determines-is-a-company-superior-proposal.
    \3\ On April 26, 2021, Applicants submitted a motion for Board 
approval of a voting trust agreement, pursuant to 49 CFR 
1180.4(b)(4)(iv). The Board addresses Applicants' motion in a 
separate decision.
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    Applicants indicate that they will use 2019 as the base year for 
the impact analysis in the application and that they anticipate filing 
their application on approximately August 20, 2021. (Id. at 1.)
    Major Transaction Status. The Board finds that this is a major 
transaction under 49 CFR 1180.2(a), as it is a control transaction 
involving two or more Class I railroads. CNR presently controls GTC, a 
Class I rail carrier, and proposes to acquire common control of KCSR, 
also a Class I railroad.
    Protective Order. By motion filed April 20, 2021, Applicants 
requested a protective order to protect confidential, highly 
confidential, and proprietary information to be submitted in connection 
with the control application. By decision served April 28, 2021, 
Applicants' motion for a protective order was granted.
    Proposed Procedural Schedule. Also on April 20, 2021, Applicants 
filed a petition to establish a procedural schedule. The Board will 
solicit comments on the proposed procedural schedule in a separate 
decision.
    Administrative Law Judge. The Board has signed a Memorandum of 
Understanding with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission 
to employ the services of administrative law judges (ALJs) on a case-
by-case basis to perform discrete, Board-assigned functions such as 
adjudicating discovery disputes in cases pending before the Board. The 
Board hereby assigns and authorizes Administrative Law Judge Thomas 
McCarthy to entertain and rule upon discovery matters and to resolve 
initially all disputes concerning discovery in this proceeding. Parties 
are directed to send copies of all their filings and documents in this 
proceeding to Judge McCarthy, at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20004-1710, and at [email protected] and 
[email protected].
    It is ordered:
    1. This proceeding is assigned to Administrative Law Judge Thomas 
McCarthy for the handling of all discovery matters and initial 
resolution of all discovery disputes.
    2. In addition to filing pleadings with the Board and serving 
copies on the Secretary of Transportation, the Attorney General of the 
United States, Applicants' representatives, and other parties of 
record, parties must send a copy of all filings and documents to Judge 
McCarthy at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004-

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1710, and at [email protected] and [email protected].
    3. Judge McCarthy will be added to the service list in this 
proceeding and a copy of this decision will be served upon him.
    4. A copy of this decision will be served on the U.S. Office of 
Personnel Management (OPM), at Human Resource Solutions, ALJ Program 
Office, 1900 E Street NW, Suite 2469, Washington, DC 20415-9400 and 
electronically at [email protected]. Judge McCarthy shall send a copy 
of the notice or order that constitutes the final disposition of his 
assignment of this case to OPM at the above address.
    5. This decision is effective on its service date.

    Decided: May 14, 2021.

    By the Board, Board Members Begeman, Fuchs, Oberman, Primus, and 
Schultz.
Eden Besera,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2021-10668 Filed 5-19-21; 8:45 am]
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