On December 4, 2013, NuStar Logistics, L.P. (NuStar) submitted an application to the Department of State (the Department) for a new Presidential Permit for its Dos Laredos Pipeline, that would replace a Presidential Permit issued on December 19, 2003 (the 2003 Presidential Permit). Specifically, NuStar requests a new Presidential Permit that: (1) reflects NuStar’s name change from Valero Logistics Operations, L.P. to NuStar Logistics, L.P., as the owner and operator of the Dos Laredos Pipeline crossing the international boundary; and (2) expands the types of products that may be transported through the pipeline. The 2003 Presidential Permit only allows shipment of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), while NuStar is now also seeking to transport other specifically defined petroleum products, including diesel.
The Dos Laredos Pipeline is an 8 and 5/8 inch outer diameter pipeline at the United States-Mexico border that connects the NuStar terminal in Laredo, Texas, with a terminal in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The U.S. portion of Dos Laredos Pipeline consists of approximately 10.6 miles of pipeline from the NuStar terminal in Laredo, Texas to a location on the Rio Grande known as “La Bota,” approximately six miles northwest of downtown Laredo. The Mexican portion consists of approximately 1.5 kilometers of pipeline from the Rio Grande crossing to the Nuevo Laredo terminal.
Executive Order (E.O.) 13337 delegates to the Secretary of State the President’s authority to receive applications for permits for the construction, connection, operation, or maintenance of facilities for the exportation or importation of petroleum, petroleum products, coal, or other fuels (except natural gas) at the border of the United States and to issue or deny such Presidential Permits upon a national interest determination.