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Application for a Presidential Permit To Operate and Maintain Pipeline Facilities on the Border of the United States and Canada

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ACTION:

Notice of Receipt of Application for a Presidential Permit to Operate and Maintain Pipeline Facilities on the Border of the United States and Canada.

SUMMARY:

Notice is hereby given that the Department of State (DOS) received an application from Plains LPG Services, L.P. (Plains LPG) to operate and maintain facilities it has acquired pertaining to six pipelines at the U.S.- Canada border (St. Clair Pipeline border facilities). The pipeline facilities were previously owned by Dome Petroleum, which operated and maintained them pursuant to earlier Presidential Permits. Plains LPG requests issuance of a new permit reflecting sole ownership of the St. Clair Pipeline border facilities and allowing Plains LPG to operate and maintain those facilities for use in transporting liquefied hydrocarbons, consistent with the terms of the currently applicable permits. The Plains application will supersede an application made by Dome on May 14, 2010 as it relates to the St. Clair Pipeline border facilities.

The St. Clair pipelines cross the Canada- United States border from Sarnia, Canada into the United States, underneath the St. Clair River, terminating in Marysville, Michigan. The first two of the St Clair Pipelines were constructed and a permit issued in 1918. The remaining four of the St Clair Pipelines were constructed and a permit issued in 1973.

Plains LPG is a Texas limited partnership with its principle place of business at 333 Clay Street, Suite 1600, Houston Texas, 77002. Plains LPG is a subsidiary of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (“Plains”), a publicly traded master limited partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware and headquartered in Houston, Texas.

Plains LPG acquired the St. Clair Pipelines following the indirect acquisition of Dome Petroleum LLC (formerly known as Dome Petroleum Corp.) by Plains LPG's affiliate, Plains Midstream Canada ULC (Plains Midstream). Specifically, Plains Midstream acquired BP Canada Energy Corporation, which owned Dome Petroleum LLC. Immediately following the acquisition by Plains Midstream, Dome Petroleum LLC became Plains Midstream Superior LLC, which subsequently merged with Plains LPG. That acquisition and merger resulted in the allocation and transfer of the St. Clair Pipeline border facilities to Plains LPG.

Under E.O. 13337 the Secretary of State is designated and empowered to receive all applications for Presidential Permits for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance at the borders of the United States, of facilities for the exportation or importation of liquid petroleum, petroleum products, or other non-gaseous fuels to or from a foreign country. The Department of State is circulating this application to concerned federal agencies for comment. The Department of State has the responsibility to determine whether issuance of a new Presidential Permit reflecting the change in ownership or control of the St. Clair Pipeline border facilities would be in the U.S. national interest.

DATES:

Interested parties are invited to submit comments not later than 30 days after the publication date of this notice by email to Plainslpgservicespermit@state.gov with regard to whether issuing a new Presidential Permit reflecting the corporate succession and authorizing Plains LPG to operate and maintain the St. Clair Pipeline border facilities would be in the national interest. The application is available at http://www.state.gov/e/enr/c52945.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Office of Energy Diplomacy, Energy Resources Bureau (ENR/EDP/EWA) Department of State 2201 C St. NW Ste 4843 Washington DC 20520 Attn: Michael Brennan Tel: 202-647-7553. Email: brennanmf @state.gov.

Dated: November 20, 2012.

Douglas R. Kramer,

Acting Director, Office of Europe, Western Hemisphere & Africa, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State.

[FR Doc. 2012-29377 Filed 12-4-12; 8:45 am]

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