SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD DECISION DOCUMENT
    Decision Information

Docket Number:  
FD_32607_4

Case Title:  
KIAMICHI RAILROAD L.L.C.--TRACKAGE RIGHTS EXEMPTION--WFEC RAILROAD COMPANY

Decision Type:  
Notice Of Exemption

Deciding Body:  
Director Of Proceedings

    Decision Summary

Decision Notes:  
PROVIDED NOTICE THAT WFEC RAILROAD COMPANY HAS AGREED TO GRANT LIMITED NONEXCLUSIVE OVERHEAD TRACKAGE RIGHTS TO KIAMICHI RAILROAD L.L.C., OVER ITS ENTIRE LINE, BETWEEN MILEPOST 0.0 AT WESTERN FARMERS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC'S HUGO ELECTRIC GENERATING STATION AND MILEPOST 14.98, WHERE WFECR CONNECTS TO THE LINE OF THE TEXAS, OKLAHOMA & EASTERN RAILROAD COMPANY, IN CHOCTAW AND MCCURTAIN COUNTIES, OKLA.

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    Full Text of Decision

42325 SERVICE DATE – APRIL 18, 2012

DO

FR-4915-01-P

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

[Docket No. FD 32607 (Sub-No. 4)]

Kiamichi Railroad L.L.C.—Trackage Rights Exemption—WFEC Railroad Company

Pursuant to a written joint facility agreement dated January 1, 2012, WFEC Railroad Company (WFECR) has agreed to grant limited nonexclusive overhead trackage rights to Kiamichi Railroad L.L.C. (KRR), over its entire line (the Line), between milepost 0.0 at Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s (Western Farmers) Hugo electric generating station and milepost 14.98, where WFECR connects to the line of the Texas, Oklahoma & Eastern Railroad Company, in Choctaw and McCurtain Counties, Okla.[1]

The transaction is scheduled to be consummated on May 2, 2012, the effective date of the exemption (30 days after the exemption was filed).

The purpose of the transaction is to permit KRR to provide rail service between the Hugo electric generating station and other Western Farmers’ facilities located on or adjacent to the Line, or which may locate on or adjacent to the Line in the future, and connections to the lines of KRR and other rail carriers.[2]

This notice is filed under 49 C.F.R. 1180.2(d)(7). If the notice contains false or misleading information, the exemption is void ab initio. Petitions to revoke the exemption under 49 U.S.C. 10502(d) may be filed at any time. The filing of a petition to revoke will not automatically stay the effectiveness of the exemption. Petitions for stay must be filed by April 25, 2012 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective).

Under 49 U.S.C. 10502(g), the Board may not use its exemption authority to relieve a rail carrier of its statutory obligation to protect the interests of its employees. Section 11326(c), however, does not provide for labor protection for transactions under 11324 and 11325 that involve only Class III rail carriers. Accordingly, the Board may not impose labor protective conditions here, because all of the carriers involved are Class III carriers.

An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 32607 (Sub-No. 4), must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, a copy of each pleading must be served on Louis E. Gitomer, 600 Baltimore Ave., Suite 301, Towson, MD 21204.

Board decisions and notices are available on our website at “WWW.STB.DOT.GOV.”

Decided: April 12, 2012.

By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.



[1] The Board previously granted KRR certain authority to operate over the Line. See Kiamichi R.R.—Trackage Rights Exemption—WFEC R.R., FD 32607 (Sub-No. 3) (STB served May 16, 2002).

 

[2] KRR will have no authority to serve any other shippers on the Line. WFECR will retain the authority and responsibility for serving any such shippers.