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Bayport Loop Abstract

On August 30, 2001, San Jacinto Rail Limited (SJRL) and The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) (collectively the Applicants) filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board (Board) pursuant to 49 United States Code (U.S.C.) 10502 for authority for construction by SJRL and operation by BNSF of a new rail line near Houston, Harris County, Texas. In the petition, the Applicants proposed the construction of approximately 12.8 miles of new rail line to serve the petro-chemical industries in the Bayport Loop. The Board's Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) and the cooperating agencies issued a Draft EIS on December 6, 2002, which identifies and evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the Proposed Action and Alternatives, including the No-Action Alternative. The Proposed Action and Alternatives would not have a significant impact on the human environment. The Build Alternatives, which are the Alternatives involving construction, would cause moderate wetland, surface water, and biological impacts. SEA recommends that the Board impose the Applicants' proposed voluntary mitigation measures as a condition of petition approval. The mitigation measures address these moderate impacts as well as a range of additional issues of interest to the community. The Proposed Action and Alternatives would cause negligible impacts on all other impact areas. The cooperating agencies' Federal actions include the USCG's decision on issuing a bridge permit under Section 9 of the General Bridge Act of 1946 (applies to the Build Alternatives involving construction), the decision by the FAA, if requested, to grant a change in the Airport Layout Plan for Ellington Field and release airport property for the Proposed Action Alternative pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 47151-47153, 49 U.S.C. 47107(c)(2)(B), and 49 U.S.C. 47107(a)(16), and NASA's decision on granting an easement to cross an access road for the Proposed Action and one other Alternative involving construction. Updated 3/7/03

Environmental Impact Statement

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Executive Summary in Spanish (Resumen Ejecutivo en Espanol)

Final Environmental Impact Statement

Final Environmental Impact Statement (Executable file 8.0 Mb)

Meeting Transcripts

Public Meeting Jan 15, 2003 - Cesar E. Chavez High School
Public Meeting Jan 14, 2003 - Pasadena Convention Center
View Public Comment Letters (Updated 3/7/03)