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Notice of 30 Day Public Comment Period Regarding the National Interest Determination for NuStar Logistics, LP Presidential Permit Application

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Notice of solicitation of comments.


NuStar Logistics, LP (“NuStar”) applied for an amended Presidential Permit from the Department of State (“State Department”) to authorize the operation and maintenance of existing pipeline facilities (the “Existing Burgos Pipeline”) at the United States-Mexico border. Specifically, NuStar requested that the Department amend the 2006 Presidential Permit to: (1) Reflect NuStar's name change from Valero Logistics Operations, LP to NuStar Logistics, LP as the owner and operator of the Existing Burgos Pipeline and (2) authorize the Existing Burgos Pipeline border facilities to transport a broader range of petroleum products than allowed by the 2006 Presidential Permit, including diesel, gasoline, jet fuel, liquefied petroleum gas, and natural gas liquids. The 2006 Presidential Permit only allows transportation of light naphtha.

After consulting with the public and interested agencies, on June 10, 2016, the State Department approved a Final Environmental Assessment (“EA”) for the Existing Burgos Pipeline and New Burgos Pipeline and a Finding of No Significant Impact (“FONSI”). Background information related to the application, including the EA and FONSI may be found at:​e/​enr/​applicant/​applicants/​index.htm.

Executive Order 13337 (69 FR 25299) calls on the Secretary of State, or his designee, to determine if issuance of a Presidential Permit would serve the national interest. This decision will take into account a wide range of factors, including energy security; environmental, cultural, and economic impacts; foreign policy; and compliance with relevant federal regulations and issues.

The State Department invites members of the public to comment on any factor they deem relevant to the national interest determination that will be made for this permit application. Along with other factors such as those listed above, these comments will be considered in the final national interest determination. The public comment period will end 30 days from the publication of this notice.

Comments are not private. They will be posted on the site The comments will not be edited to remove identifying or contact information, and the State Department cautions against including any information that one does not want publicly disclosed. The State Department requests that any part soliciting or aggregating comments received from other persons for submission to the State Department inform those persons that the State Department will not edit their comments to remove identifying or contact information, and that they should not include any information in their comments that they do not want publicly disclosed.


Comments must be submitted no later than August 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.


For reasons of efficiency, the State Department encourages the electronic submission of comments through the federal government's eRulemaking Portal (, enter the Docket No. DOS-2016-0050 and follow the prompts to submit a comment.

The State Department also will accept comments submitted in hard copy by mail and postmarked no later than August 15, 2016. Please note that standard mail delivery to the State Department can be delayed due to security screening. To submit comments by mail, use the following address: Office of Energy Diplomacy, Energy Resources Bureau (ENR/EDP/EWA) Department of State 2201 C St. NW., Ste. 4428, Attn: Sydney Kaufman, Washington, DC 20520.

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Dated: July 7, 2016.

R. Chris Davy,

Deputy Director, Office of Europe, Western Hemisphere and Africa, Bureau of Energy Resource, Department of State.

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[FR Doc. 2016-16677 Filed 7-13-16; 8:45 am]