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Public & Media Advisory: Surface Transportation Board Provides Schedule of Speakers' Appearances for July 27 Public Hearing on Renewed Petition of Western Coal Traffic League Regarding Railroad Sale or Lease Agreements & "Paper Barriers"




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>From the Surface Transportation Board, Washington, D.C.
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The Surface Transportation Board today provided a schedule of speakers'
appearances and their time allocations for the STB's July 27, 2006 public
hearing in the proceeding entitled Review of Rail Access and Competition
Issues--Renewed Petition of The Western Coal Traffic League, STB Ex Parte
No. 575.


 The Thursday, July 27, hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m. in Room 760, the
 STB's hearing room, on the 7th Floor of the agency's headquarters in the
 Mercury Building, 1925 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.


 The STB announced the public hearing in STB Ex Parte No. 575 in a decision
 issued to the public on June 2, 2006.  That decision established due dates
 for those wishing to speak at the hearing to advise the agency of their
 intent to participate, to request a time allotment, and to submit
 summaries of the written testimony.  Based on submissions received, the
 STB has set the hearing's schedule of speakers as shown on the Attachment
 to this news release.


 The Western Coal Traffic League (WCTL) has requested that the STB adopt
 rules limiting the extent to which agreements for the sale or lease of
 railroad lines, by larger railroads to existing or newly created short
 line railroads, may contain "paper barriers" restricting the incentive or
 ability of a purchaser or tenant to interchange traffic with connecting
 railroads that could compete with the seller or landlord railroad.  The
 purpose of this hearing is further to explore this topic, to give the STB
 Members the opportunity to ask questions, and to provide a forum for the
 expression of views by rail shippers, railroads, and other interested
 persons, on WCTL's renewed petition.


 Attendance instructions.  The STB requests that all persons attending the
 hearing use the Mercury Building's main entrance at 1925 K Street (on the
 northeast corner of the intersection of 20th and K Streets).  There will
 be no reserved seating.  Please plan to arrive early enough to be seated
 no later than 9:45 a.m.  For security reasons, all persons should be
 prepared to produce photo identification (such as a driver's license),
 pass through a metal detector, and submit to an inspection of all
 briefcases, handbags, and any other bags.  Visitors must be cleared
 through security in the STB's Suite 100 (on the 1st Floor, at the top of
 the ramp to the left of the main lobby).  Prior to being escorted to the
 hearing room, each visitor will have made for him a  photo-identification
 pass necessary for hearing-room entry.


 Quiet laptops and tape recorders may be brought into the hearing room, but
 absolutely no provision will be made for the connection of personal
 computers to agency telephone lines.  Cellular telephone use is not
 permitted in the hearing room, or in the rear anteroom; cell phones may be
 used only outside the hearing room.  The STB's hearing room complies with
 the Americans With Disabilities Act, and persons needing such
 accommodations should telephone Beverly Ledbetter, in the STB's Office of
 Proceedings, at (202) 565-1653, or Betty Uzzle at (202) 565-1500, by the
 close of business on July 20, 2006.


 As the STB Members will have read written submissions in advance of the
 hearing, speakers should not read those submissions at the hearing but,
 instead, briefly summarize key points.  If a party wishes to enhance its
 presentation by using projector-adaptable visual displays and/or handouts,
 it may do so.  Agency staff will be available to demonstrate the hearing
 room's projection system on July 26, 2006, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 Please telephone (202) 565-1653, or (202) 565-1500, to make arrangements.


 The schedule of speakers' appearances and time allocations was provided in
 a decision issued to the public yesterday, July 17, 2006, in STB Ex Parte
 No. 575(
 http://www.stb.dot.gov/decisions/readingroom.nsf/WebDecisionID/37201?OpenDocument
 )
 .  That decision is available for viewing and downloading via the agency's
 Web site at http://www.stb.dot.gov.  A printed copy of the Board's
 decision also is available for a fee by contacting ASAP Document
 Solutions, 9332 Annapolis Rd., Suite 103, Lanham, MD 20706, telephone
 (202) 306-4004, or via asapdc@xxxxxxxxxxxx


 A video broadcast of the hearing will be accessible via the STB's Web site
 at http://www.stb.dot.gov, under "Information Center"/"Webcast"/"Live
 Video" on the home page.


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 Attachment

 Surface Transportation Board Public Hearing

 REVIEW OF RAIL ACCESS AND COMPETITION ISSUES--RENEWED PETITION OF THE
 WESTERN COAL TRAFFIC LEAGUE, STB Ex Parte No. 575

 SCHEDULE OF APPEARANCES

 Party / Speaker / Time Allotted

 Panel I

 Western Coal Traffic League
 David Laffere / Andrew B. Kolesar III / 10 minutes

 Alliance for Rail Competition
 Michael E. Grisso / 10 minutes

 American Chemistry Council
 Thomas E. Schick / 10 minutes

 Edison Electric Institute
 Michael F. McBride / 5 minutes

 National Grain and Feed Ass'n
 Andrew P. Goldstein / 5 minutes


 Panel II

 Association of American Railroads
 Louis P. Warchot / 10 minutes

 American Short Line and Regional R.R. Ass'n
 Keith T. Borman / 5 minutes

 Railroad Industry Working Group
 J. Reilly McCarren / 5 minutes

 Union Pacific Railroad Company
 John T. Gray / 5 minutes


 Panel III

 Ameren Energy Fuels and Services Co.
 Sandra Brown / 10 minutes

 Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp.
 Steve Sharp / 10 minutes

 Dow Chemical Co.
 Jeff Baker / Mike Munro / 10 minutes

 Entergy Services and Entergy Arkansas, Inc.
 Jeffrey G. Herndon / 10 minutes


 Panel IV

 Columbus & Greenville R. Co.
 Roger Bell / 5 minutes

 Genesee & Wyoming, Inc., and  Farmrail System, Inc.
 Charles N. Marshall / 5 minutes

 Oil Creek & Titusville Lines, Inc.
 Robert Dingman / 5 minutes

 Reading Blue Mountain & Northern R. Co.
 Wayne A. Michel / 5 minutes

 Watco Companies, Inc.
 Rich Webb / 5 minutes

 Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway Company
 Larry Parsons / 5 minutes

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