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Plains Pipeline, L.P.


Date: 10/04/2012 Location: Sumner, Texas Description: A pipeline worker walks the length of a pipe as work continues. Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across the Texas landscape, a symbiosis nurtured by generations and built on an unspoken honor code that allowed agriculture to thrive while oil was extracted.  © AP Image/Tony Gutierrez Date: 01/14/2009 Location: Budapest, Hungary Description: Naftogaz did not deliver the gas to Europe, saying Russia's Gazprom demanded it use a route that was technically arduous and would force it to halt supplies to a large swath of its own territory. The politically charged gas dispute has dramatically lowered supplies to Europe and angered the European Union.  © AP Image/Bela Szandelszky Date: 04/26/2012 Location: Lower Saxony, Germany Description: A worker cleans up at Syke during construction of the North European Gas Pipeline (NEL), a weld in a pipe. By the total number of 440-kilometer gas pipeline from Ludmin Mecklenburg Rehden in Lower Saxony to the future, natural gas from Siberia to be sponsored by the laid in the Baltic Nord Stream pipeline to Germany.  © AP Image/Foto: Joerg Sarbach/dapd


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

Plains Pipeline has applied for a Presidential Permit in its name because it has acquired the rights to operate and maintain a portion of the Poplar Pipeline (formerly known as the Wascana Pipeline) that crosses the U.S.-Canada border at a point in Sheridan County, Montana. Those pipeline facilities currently are permitted under a 2007 Presidential Permit issued in the name of two Plains Pipeline affiliates, PMC (Nova Scotia) Company and Plains Marketing Canada L.P., collectively (“PMC”).

The current 2007 Permit covers the 56.8-mile-long Poplar pipeline, previously called the Wascana pipeline, which extends from the Murphy Oil terminal northeast of Poplar, Montana, to the international border near Raymond, Montana, and which was constructed pursuant to authorization in a 1972 Permit issued to Wascana Pipeline Corp. Plains Pipeline L.P. has acquired only the approximately 6.4 miles of the Poplar pipeline facilities between the Canadian border and an installation called Raymond Station. Plains Pipeline has separately constructed the Bakken North pipeline that extends from Trenton, North Dakota to Raymond Station, where Plains intends to interconnect the Bakken North with the Poplar pipeline and use the Poplar border crossing to transport the Bakken crude traveling through the Bakken North pipeline into Canada.

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 fuels (except natural gas) to or from a foreign country. The Department of State has the responsibility to determine whether issuance of a new or amended Presidential Permit to Plains Pipeline would serve the U.S. national interest.

The Department of State is circulating this application to concerned federal agencies for comment. The Department of State is also accepting public comments with regard to this application. Interested parties are invited to submit comments within 30 days of the publication date of the Federal Register Notice with regard to whether issuing a new Presidential Permit to Plains Pipeline would serve the national interest. Comments may be submitted through the comment portal. 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 party 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.

-Plains Pipeline L.P. - Transmittal Letter (PDF)  [99 Kb]
-Plains Pipeline L.P. - Response to State Dept. 21 Oct 2014 (PDF)  [107 Kb]
-Application: Plains Pipeline, L.P. [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version   ]
-Plains Pipeline Affidavit of Michael Walcavich [Get Acrobat Reader PDF version   ]


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