Patrick D. Broe (Broe) and Sand Springs Holdings, LLC (Holdings) (collectively, Applicants), both noncarriers, have filed a verified notice of exemption under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2) to acquire control of Sand Springs Railway Company (Sand Springs), a Class III railroad.
Applicants state that Broe directly controls Holdings, OmniTRAX, Inc. (OmniTRAX), a noncarrier company that controls 12 Class III railroads,
and BNS Holding, Inc. (BNS), a noncarrier that indirectly controls three Class III railroads.
Applicants also state that Sheffield Steel Corporation (Sheffield), a noncarrier, currently controls Sand Springs. According to Applicants, Holdings and Sheffield have entered into an agreement 
dated May 23, 2014, by which Holdings will acquire all of the stock of Sand Springs. Once that transaction is consummated, Broe and Holdings will control Sand Springs.
Applicants intend to consummate this transaction on or shortly after June 26, 2014 (the effective date of the exemption, 30 days after the notice of exemption was filed).
Applicants state that: (1) The rail lines operated by OmniTRAX's and BNS's railroads do not connect with the rail lines operated by Sand Springs; (2) this transaction is not part of a series of anticipated transactions that would connect the rail lines operated by Sand Springs with any railroad in the OmniTRAX or BNS corporate family; and (3) the transaction does not involve a Class I rail carrier. Therefore, the transaction is exempt from the prior approval acquirements of 49 U.S.C. 11323 pursuant to 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(2).
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.
If the verified 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 to stay must be filed no later than June 19, 2014 (at least 7 days before the exemption becomes effective).
An original and 10 copies of all pleadings, referring to Docket No. FD 35829, must be filed with the Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20423-0001. In addition, a copy must be served on Karl Morell, Ball Janik LLP, 655 Fifteenth Street NW., Suite 225, Washington, DC 20005.
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Decided: June 9, 2014.
By the Board, Rachel D. Campbell, Director, Office of Proceedings.
Raina S. White,
[FR Doc. 2014-13775 Filed 6-11-14; 8:45 am]
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