CN Authorized to Abandon Operation Between Pembroke and Nipissing, Ontario
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OTTAWA, April 18, 1996
The National Transportation Agency of Canada today authorized the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) to abandon the operation of 126.16 miles of the Beachburg Subdivision, between Pembroke and Nipissing, in the Province of Ontario.
The abandonment application was received by the Agency on December 12, 1995. No opposition to the proposed abandonment of the operation of the branch line was received by the Agency within the 60 day period set out in Section 161 of the National Transportation Act, 1987. In addition, no offer to purchase the branch line was made pursuant to Section 174 of the NTA, 1987. Section 162 of the NTA, 1987, states that where an application is not opposed and no offer to purchase is made, the Agency shall order the abandonment of the operation of the branch line.
The Agency is also required to assess the environmental implications of proposals for the abandonment of the operations of railways before the Agency grants any approvals. On December 12, 1995, CN filed an environmental impact assessment of its proposal to abandon the operation of the segment of the Beachburg Subdivision. Agency staff prepared a preliminary screening report of the CN proposal and circulated the report for comments.
The Agency determined that the applicant's proposal will not likely cause significant adverse effects and the project should proceed. Therefore, the Agency has authorized CN to abandon the operation of the segment of the Beachburg Subdivision, thirty days from the date of this Order.