Proclamation 2505—National Defense Pipe Line—Plantation Pipe Line System
By the President of the United States of America
Whereas the act of Congress entitled "An act to facilitate the construction, extension, or completion of interstate petroleum pipe lines related to national defense, and to promote interstate commerce," approved July 30, 1941 (Public Law 197—77th Congress), vests in the President certain powers relating to the construction, extension, completion, operation, and maintenance of interstate pipe lines related to national defense:
Now, Therefore, I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, under and by virtue of the authority vested in me by sections 2 and 3 of said act of July 30, 1941, do hereby find and proclaim (1) that it is necessary for national defense purposes that there be constructed and completed a pipe line system for the transportation and distribution of petroleum and petroleum products moving in interstate commerce, the route for which is generally indicated on a map which is on file in the Office of the Petroleum Coordinator for National Defense, detailed survey maps of which shall be of record in the said office, commencing in the vicinity of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and extending in a northeasterly direction through the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina, and into North Carolina to a point in the vicinity of Greensboro, North Carolina, with branch lines extending to Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, Columbus and Macon, Georgia, and Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee, (2) that Plantation Pipe Line Company, a private corporation organized under the laws of the State of Delaware, has commenced the work necessary for the construction of such a pipe line system and represents that it is prepared to undertake the construction of and will complete said pipe line system, and (3) that it is necessary for the purposes of construction, completion, operation, and maintenance of said pipe line system that the Plantation Pipe Line Company have the right to acquire, by the exercise of the right of eminent domain as provided in the aforesaid act, along the route and between the points hereinbefore identified, (a) such parcels of land or any interests therein, not in excess of 100 acres in each separate parcel, for the location of its storage tanks, pumping stations, delivery facilities, and other facilities in connection therewith, and (b) easements and rights of way, not in excess of 100 feet in width, for the construction, completion, operation, maintenance and removal of the pipe lines, including right of access thereto over adjoining lands: Provided, That such right of eminent domain be exercised by the Plantation Pipe Line Company for the aforesaid purposes prior to June 30, 1943.
The pipe line hereinbefore identified shall be constructed, completed, operated, and maintained subject to such terms and conditions as the President may hereafter from time to time prescribe as necessary for national defense purposes.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington this 23rd day of August, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixty-sixth.
FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT
By the President:
Secretary of State.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Proclamation 2505—National Defense Pipe Line—Plantation Pipe Line System Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/357702