9710026
B236857

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
BEFORE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

COMMISSIONERS:
Robert Pitofsky, Chairman
Mary L. Azcuenaga
Sheila F. Anthony
Mozelle W. Thompson
Orson Swindle

In the Matter of

SHELL OIL COMPANY, a corporation; - and - TEXACO INC., a corporation.

DOCKET NO. C-3803

DECISION AND ORDER

The Federal Trade Commission ("Commission") having initiated an investigation of the proposed joint ventures of Shell Oil Co. ("Shell") and Texaco Inc. ("Texaco"), and it now appearing that Shell and Texaco, hereinafter sometimes referred to as "respondents," have been furnished with a copy of a draft of complaint that the Bureau of Competition proposed to present to the Commission for its consideration, and which, if issued by the Commission, would charge respondents with violations of the Clayton Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act;

Respondents, their attorneys, and counsel for the Commission having thereafter executed an agreement containing a consent order, an admission by respondents of all the jurisdictional facts set forth in the aforesaid draft of complaint, a statement that the signing of said agreement is for settlement purposes only and does not constitute an admission by respondents that the law has been violated as alleged in such complaint, and waivers and other provisions as required by the Commission's Rules; and

The Commission having thereafter considered the matter and having determined that it had reason to believe that the respondents have violated the said Acts, and that the complaint should issue stating its charges in that respect, and having thereupon accepted the executed consent agreement and placed such agreement on the public record for a period of sixty (60) days, and having duly considered the comments received, now in further conformity with the procedure prescribed in 2.34 of its Rules, the Commission hereby issues its complaint, makes the following jurisdictional findings and enters the following Order:

  1. Respondent Shell Oil Company is a corporation organized, existing and doing business under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Delaware, with its office and principal place of business located at One Shell Plaza, Houston, Texas 77002.
  2. Respondent Texaco Inc. is a corporation organized, existing and doing business under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Delaware, with its office and principal place of business located at 2000 Westchester Ave., White Plains, New York 10650.
  3. The Federal Trade Commission has jurisdiction of the subject matter of this proceeding and over the respondents, and the proceeding is in the public interest.

ORDER

I.

IT IS ORDERED that, as used in this order, the following definitions shall apply:

A. “Shell” means Shell Oil Company, its directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives, predecessors, successors, and assigns; its joint ventures (including the Joint Venture), subsidiaries, divisions, groups and affiliates controlled by Shell, and the respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors, and assigns of each.

B.“Texaco” means Texaco Inc., its directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives, predecessors, successors, and assigns; its joint ventures (including the Joint Venture), subsidiaries, divisions, groups and affiliates controlled by Texaco, and the respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors, and assigns of each.

C. “Additional Shell Oahu Retail Assets” means one or more Retail Sites (including all Retail Assets relating to such Retail Sites) on Oahu owned by Shell having an aggregate 1996 gasoline sales volume and 1996 average gasoline sales volumes per month per station at least equal to the gasoline volume of:

(a) Texaco Historical Oahu Retail Assets that since October 1, 1996, became Shell Oahu Retail Assets; and

(b) each of Texaco’s Oahu Retail Sites that cannot be assigned without landlord approval and for which the necessary approvals could not be obtained after good faith, diligent effort.

D. “Additional Texaco Oahu Retail Assets” means one or more Retail Sites (including all Retail Assets relating to such Retail Sites) on Oahu owned by Texaco having an aggregate 1996 gasoline sales volume and 1996 average gasoline sales volumes per month per station at least equal to the gasoline sales volume of :

(a) Shell Historical Oahu Retail Assets that since October 1, 1996, became Texaco Oahu Retail Assets; and

(b) each of Shell’s Oahu Retail Sites that cannot be assigned without landlord approval and for which the necessary approvals could not be obtained after good faith, diligent effort.

E. “Anacortes Refinery Assets” means Shell’s refinery located in Anacortes, Washington, and all tangible and intangible assets used in operating said refinery. “Anacortes Refinery Assets” shall also include all Assigned Northwest Seller Agreements and, at the acquirer’s option, all contracts, agreements or understandings relating to the transportation, terminaling, storage or sale of the refinery’s petroleum product output, provided, however, that Respondents are not required to divest agreements with Northwest Branded Sellers other than Assigned Northwest Seller Agreements, and provided, further, that “Anacortes Refinery Assets” does not include Shell’s proprietary trade names and trademarks. At the acquirer’s option, “Anacortes Refinery Assets” shall include all agreements under which Shell receives crude oil or other inputs at or for the Anacortes refinery, and all exchange agreements under which Shell delivers petroleum products refined at the Anacortes refinery. In the event that Respondents are unable to satisfy all conditions necessary to divest any intangible asset, subject to Commission approval, Respondents shall substitute equivalent assets. A substituted asset will not be deemed to be equivalent unless it enables the refinery to perform the same function at the same or less cost.

F. “Applicable Consent Decree” means (i) a consent decree in an action commenced by the States of Washington or Oregon, under which decree Respondents will divest the Anacortes Refinery Assets; (ii) a consent decree in an action commenced by the State of California, under which decree Respondents will divest the San Diego Divestiture Assets; or (iii) a consent decree in an action commenced by the State of Hawaii under which Respondents will divest the Oahu Distribution Assets.

G. “Assigned Northwest Seller Agreements” means all Replacement Supply Contracts between Respondents and any Northwest Branded Seller, which a Northwest Branded Seller has consented to be assigned and Respondents have assigned to the acquirer of the Anacortes Refinery Assets.

H. “Colonial” means Colonial Pipeline Company.

I. “Commission” means the Federal Trade Commission.

J. “Existing Supply Agreements” means:

  1. each supply contract and related agreements between Shell and each Northwest Branded Seller that gives such Northwest Branded Seller the right to sell or resell gasoline using Shell’s brand name at any Retail Site in Oregon or Washington, including all loan agreements, debts, obligations, promissory notes, and similar agreements with such Northwest Branded Seller; and
  2. each supply contract and related agreements between Texaco and each Former Shell Northwest Branded Seller that gives such Former Shell Northwest Branded Seller the right to sell or resell gasoline using Texaco’s brand name at any Retail Site in Oregon or Washington that was a Shell branded Retail Site on or after October 1, 1996, including all loan agreements, debts, obligations, promissory notes, and similar agreements with such Former Shell Northwest Branded Seller.

K. “Former Shell Northwest Branded Seller” means any Person that was a Shell Northwest Branded Seller as of October 1, 1996, and that, on the date of divestiture of the Anacortes Refinery Assets, has, by virtue of a contract or agreement with Texaco, the right to sell or resell gasoline using Texaco’s brand name at Retail Sites in Oregon or Washington, or to resell gasoline to such a Person.

L. “Huntway” means Huntway Refining Company, with offices located at 1651 Alameda Street, Wilmington, California 90744, and any of its successors or assigns that continue the operation of Huntway’s asphalt refinery at Benicia, California.

M. “Huntway Supply Agreement” means the agreement or agreements between Huntway and Texaco pursuant to which Texaco will supply heavy crude oil to Huntway from the San Joaquin Valley, dated November 25, 1997, and attached hereto as Confidential Exhibit A. Subject to the provisions of Paragraph VII.C. of this order, Huntway and Texaco may from time to time amend the Huntway Supply Agreement.

N. “Joint Venture” means the joint venture between Shell and Texaco known as “Westco” (publicly announced on March 18, 1997, and described in a Memorandum of Understanding of the same date); the joint venture among Shell, Texaco and Saudi Refining, Inc. known as “Eastco” (publicly announced July 16, 1997, and described in a Memorandum of Understanding of the same date); and any other combination of the United States petroleum refining, product transportation, or marketing assets or operations of Respondents, and all of their directors, officers, employees, agents and representatives, successors, and assigns; subsidiaries, divisions, groups and affiliates, and the respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors, and assigns of each.

O. “Long-Term Lease” means a lease the terms of which allow Respondents to divest to the acquirer of Retail Assets a right to occupy the Retail Assets for ten (10) years or longer from the date on which the order becomes final, and where such divestiture is not subject to a landlord approval or, if subject to such approval, Respondents have obtained the necessary approval prior to the divestiture. “Long-Term Lease” does not include a leasehold interest in which any Respondent is a lessor.

P. “Northwest Branded Seller” means Shell Northwest Branded Sellers and Former Shell Northwest Branded Sellers.

Q. “Oahu Distribution Assets” means either the Shell Oahu Distribution Assets or the Texaco Oahu Distribution Assets.

R. “Person” means any individual, partnership, association, company or corporation.

S. “Plantation” means Plantation Pipe Line Company.

T. “Replacement Supply Contract” means a supply contract and related agreements identical to Existing Supply Agreements between Respondents and any Northwest Branded Seller, except for terms relating to Respondents’ trademarks, trade names, logos, trade dress, identification signs, additized product inventory, credit card agreements, satellite-based or centralized credit card processing equipment not incorporated in gasoline dispensers, or system-wide software and databases, which Replacement Supply Contract with the Northwest Branded Seller’s consent shall be assigned to the acquirer of the Anacortes Refinery Assets.

U. “Respondents” means Shell and Texaco, individually and collectively, and the Joint Venture.

V. “Retail Assets” means, for each Retail Site, all assets, tangible or intangible, that are used at that Retail Site, including but not limited to all related permits and contracts, and all assets relating to all ancillary businesses (such as automobile mechanical service, convenience store, restaurant or car wash) located at each Retail Site. Respondents shall make good faith, diligent efforts to obtain all third- party approvals necessary to convey all licenses, permits, consents and ancillary businesses with each Retail Site. “Retail Assets” do not include Respondents’ proprietary trademarks, trade names, logos, trade dress, identification signs, additized product inventory, petroleum franchise agreements, petroleum product supply agreements, credit card agreements, satellite-based or centralized credit card processing equipment not incorporated in gasoline dispensers, or system- wide software and databases. Upon divestiture, Respondents shall cancel all dealer leases, dealer loans, building incentive agreements, and related dealer agreements between Respondents and their lessee dealers applicable to divested Retail Sites.

W. “Retail Site” means a business establishment from which gasoline is sold to the general public.

X. “San Diego Divestiture Assets” means a package of San Diego Retail Assets, to be identified by Respondents but approved by the Commission, that (i) includes individual Retail Sites each of which sold an average of at least 85,000 gallons of gasoline per month during 1996; (ii) each of which complies with all 1998 environmental requirements for underground storage tanks; (iii) for each of which Respondents can convey fee ownership or a Long-Term Lease; and (iv) in the aggregate had retail gasoline sales from Retail Sites of at least 43,200,000 gallons during calendar year 1996.

Y. “San Diego Retail Assets” means all Retail Assets in San Diego County, California, that are owned by Respondents or leased by Respondents from another Person.

Z. “Shell Historical Oahu Retail Assets” means all Retail Assets on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, that were owned by Shell on or after October 1, 1996, or leased by Shell from another Person on or after October 1, 1996.

AA. “Shell Northwest Branded Seller” means any Person (other than Shell) who has, by virtue of a contract or agreement with Shell, the right to sell gasoline using Shell’s brand name at Retail Sites in Oregon or Washington, or the right to resell gasoline to any such Person.

BB. “Shell Oahu Distribution Assets” means Shell’s Oahu Terminal, Shell Oahu Retail Assets, and Additional Texaco Oahu Retail Assets.

CC. “Shell Oahu Retail Assets” means all Retail Assets on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, owned by Shell or leased by Shell from another Person.

DD. “Shell’s Oahu Terminal” means all of Shell’s interest in its petroleum storage and distribution terminal on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, including all tangible or intangible assets that are used to operate the terminal for the storage and distribution of petroleum products, including but not limited to all real estate, storage tanks, loading and unloading facilities, permits and contracts pertaining to the terminal facilities. “Shell’s Oahu Terminal” does not include Respondents’ proprietary additive packages, trademarks, trade names and identification signs; Respondents’ proprietary equipment, computer hardware and software used to monitor and verify product specifications; and system-wide software, databases and Respondents’ proprietary equipment used to control, operate and manage the terminal.

EE. “Texaco’s Oahu Terminal” means all of Texaco’s interest in its petroleum storage and distribution terminal on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, including all tangible or intangible assets that are used to operate the terminal for the storage and distribution of petroleum products, including but not limited to all real estate, storage tanks, loading and unloading facilities, permits and contracts pertaining to the terminal facilities. “Texaco’s Oahu Terminal” does not include Respondents’ proprietary additive packages, trademarks, trade names and identification signs; Respondents’ proprietary equipment, computer hardware and software used to monitor and verify product specifications; and system-wide software, databases and Respondents’ proprietary equipment used to control, operate and manage the terminal.

FF. “Texaco Historical Oahu Retail Assets” means all Retail Assets on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, that were owned by Texaco on or after October 1, 1996, or leased by Texaco from another Person on or after October 1, 1996.

GG. “Texaco Oahu Distribution Assets” means Texaco’s Oahu Terminal, Texaco Oahu Retail Assets, and Additional Shell Oahu Retail Assets.

HH. “Texaco Oahu Retail Assets” means all Retail Assets on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, owned by Texaco or leased by Texaco from another Person.

II.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that:

A. Respondents shall divest, absolutely and in good faith and at no minimum price, within six (6) months from the date the order becomes final, the Anacortes Refinery Assets.

B. Respondents shall divest the Anacortes Refinery Assets only to an acquirer that receives the prior approval of the Commission and only in a manner that receives the prior approval of the Commission.

C. The purpose of the divestiture of the Anacortes Refinery Assets is to ensure the continued use of the Anacortes Refinery Assets in the same businesses in which the Anacortes Refinery Assets were engaged at the time of the announcement of the proposed Joint Venture, and to remedy the lessening of competition in the refining of conventional gasoline, CARB gasoline and jet fuel resulting from the proposed Joint Venture as alleged in the Commission's Complaint.

D. Respondents shall offer each Northwest Branded Seller a Replacement Supply Contract. Within five (5) days of final approval of this order by the Commission, Respondents shall send a notice, in the form of Exhibit B to this order, to each Northwest Branded Seller, offering each Northwest Branded Seller a Replacement Supply Contract that would give the Northwest Branded Seller the option of affiliating with the acquirer of the Anacortes Refinery Assets upon divestiture of the Anacortes Refinery Assets. Within two (2) days after Respondents sign a letter of intent with a prospective acquirer of the Anacortes Refinery Assets, Respondents shall send a notice, in the form of Exhibit B to this order, to each Northwest Branded Seller, again offering each Northwest Branded Seller a Replacement Supply Contract, identifying the prospective acquirer, and stating the deadline for accepting the Replacement Supply Contract and consenting to the assignment of that Contract to the acquirer. Respondents shall not attempt in any way to discourage any Northwest Branded Seller from accepting a Replacement Supply Contract. Respondents shall identify each Northwest Branded Seller to each prospective acquirer of the Anacortes Refinery Assets that has received other confidential information of Respondents in connection with its inquiry. Respondents shall allow any Northwest Branded Seller to consent to the assignment of the Replacement Supply Contract for at least thirty (30) days after the second notice is mailed.

E. Until the divestiture required by Paragraph II.A. has been completed, Respondents shall not permit or approve any branding application by any of their jobbers to supply any Shell Northwest Branded Seller, under which such Shell Northwest Branded Seller would sell or resell Texaco branded gasoline, except to the extent Respondents have the right to assign or release that Shell Northwest Branded Seller without the jobber’s consent or approval.

F. Respondents shall comply with all terms of the Agreement to Hold Separate, attached to this order and made a part hereof as Exhibit C. The Agreement to Hold Separate shall continue in effect until such time as Respondents have divested all the Anacortes Refinery Assets as required by this Paragraph II., or until such other time as provided in the Agreement to Hold Separate.

III.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that:

A. Respondents shall divest to a single acquirer, absolutely and in good faith and at no minimum price, within six (6) months from the date the order becomes final, the San Diego Divestiture Assets.

B. Respondents shall divest the San Diego Divestiture Assets to a single acquirer that receives the prior approval of the Commission, only in a manner that receives the prior approval of the Commission, and in a package of specific Retail Sites that receives the prior approval of the Commission.

C. The purpose of the divestiture of the San Diego Divestiture Assets is to ensure the continued use of the San Diego Divestiture Assets in the same business in which the San Diego Divestiture Assets were engaged at the time of the announcement of the proposed Joint Venture, and to remedy the lessening of competition in the wholesale and retail sale of gasoline in San Diego County, California, resulting from the proposed Joint Venture, as alleged in the Commission's Complaint.

D. Pending divestiture of the San Diego Divestiture Assets, Respondents shall take such actions as are necessary to maintain the viability and marketability of the San Diego Retail Assets and to prevent the destruction, removal, wasting, deterioration, or impairment of any of the San Diego Retail Assets except for ordinary wear and tear. Respondents shall continue at least at their scheduled pace all capital projects involving the San Diego Retail Assets that were ongoing, planned, or approved as of or after October 1, 1997, and otherwise maintain the San Diego Retail Assets to at least the same standards and on the same schedule as Respondents have been maintaining the San Diego Retail Assets until the date of divestiture. Respondents shall not remove or degrade the brand identification at the San Diego Retail Assets, until the San Diego Divestiture Assets are divested.

IV.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that:

A. Respondents shall divest, absolutely and in good faith and at no minimum price, within six (6) months from the date the order becomes final, either the Texaco Oahu Distribution Assets or the Shell Oahu Distribution Assets.

B. Respondents shall divest the Texaco Oahu Distribution Assets or the Shell Oahu Distribution Assets only to a single acquirer that receives the prior approval of the Commission, and only in a manner that receives the prior approval of the Commission.

C. The purpose of the divestiture of the Oahu Distribution Assets is to ensure the continued use of the Oahu Distribution Assets in the same business in which the Oahu Distribution Assets were engaged at the time of the announcement of the proposed Joint Venture, and to remedy the lessening of competition resulting from the proposed Joint Venture in the terminaling of gasoline and diesel fuel on Oahu and the wholesale and retail sale of gasoline and diesel fuel on Oahu, as alleged in the Commission's Complaint.

D. Pending divestiture of the Oahu Distribution Assets, Respondents shall take such actions as are necessary to maintain the viability and marketability of the Oahu Distribution Assets and to prevent the destruction, removal, wasting, deterioration, or impairment of any of the Oahu Distribution Assets except for ordinary wear and tear. Respondents shall continue at least at their scheduled pace all capital projects involving the Oahu Distribution Assets that were ongoing, planned, or approved as of or after October 1, 1997, and otherwise maintain the Oahu Distribution Assets to at least the same standards and on the same schedule as Respondents have been maintaining the Oahu Distribution Assets, until the date of divestiture. Respondents shall not remove or degrade the brand identification at the Oahu Distribution Assets, until the Oahu Distribution Assets are divested.

V.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that:

A. Respondents shall divest, absolutely and in good faith and at no minimum price, within six (6) months from the date the order becomes final, either all of Texaco’s interest in Colonial or all of Shell’s interest in Plantation.

B. Respondents shall divest the Colonial or Plantation interest identified in subparagraph V.A. only to an acquirer or acquirers that receive the prior approval of the Commission and only in a manner that receives the prior approval of the Commission.

C. The purpose of the divestiture of either Texaco’s interest in Colonial or Shell’s interest in Plantation is to prevent an interlock or common owner in both of these pipeline systems and to remedy the lessening of competition resulting from the proposed Joint Venture as alleged in the Commission's Complaint.

D. Pending divestiture of either Texaco’s interest in Colonial or Shell’s interest in Plantation, Respondents shall not serve on Colonial’s board of directors or any committee thereof, attend meetings of Colonial’s board of directors or any committee thereof, vote any of Texaco’s stock in Colonial, or receive any information from Colonial not made available to all shippers or to the public at large, except that a Texaco representative may observe meetings of the Colonial board of directors and may receive and use nonpublic information of Colonial solely for the purpose of effectuating the divestiture of Texaco’s interest in Colonial pursuant to this order. Said Texaco representative shall be identified to the Commission, shall not divulge any nonpublic Colonial information to Respondents (other than employees of Respondents whose sole responsibility relating to the Joint Venture is to effectuate the divestiture, and agents of Respondents specifically retained for the purpose of effectuating the divestiture), and shall acknowledge these obligations in writing to the Commission.

VI.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that:

A. If Respondents have not divested the assets required to be divested pursuant to Paragraphs II., III., IV., or V., absolutely and in good faith and with the Commission's prior approval within the time periods required, the Commission may appoint either David Prend or another person or persons to act as trustee (or trustees) to divest those assets that Respondents have failed to divest as required by this order. If Respondents have failed to divest the San Diego Divestiture Assets as required by Paragraph III. above, the trustee may select Retail Assets from those San Diego Retail Assets that Respondents own in fee or can divest a Long-Term Lease, in accordance with the requirements of Paragraph III. In the event that the Commission or the Attorney General brings an action pursuant to 5(l) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 45(l), or any other statute enforced by the Commission, Respondents shall consent to the appointment of a trustee in such action. Neither the appointment of a trustee nor a decision not to appoint a trustee under this Paragraph shall preclude the Commission or the Attorney General from seeking civil penalties or any other relief available to it, including a court-appointed trustee, pursuant to 5(l) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, or any other statute enforced by the Commission, for any failure by the Respondent to comply with this order.

B. If a trustee is appointed by the Commission or a court pursuant to Paragraph VI.A. of this order, Respondents shall consent to the following terms and conditions regarding the trustee's powers, duties, authority, and responsibilities:

  1. The Commission shall either (i) select David Prend to be the trustee; or (ii) select another person or persons as trustee, subject to the consent of Respondents, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld. The trustee shall be a person with experience and expertise in acquisitions and divestitures. If Respondents have not opposed, in writing, including the reasons for opposing, the selection of any proposed trustee, other than David Prend, within ten (10) days after notice by the staff of the Commission to Respondents of the identity of any proposed trustee, Respondents shall be deemed to have consented to the selection of the proposed trustee.
  2. Subject to the prior approval of the Commission, the trustee shall have the exclusive power and authority to divest the assets to be divested.
  3. Within ten (10) days after appointment of the trustee, Respondents shall execute a trust agreement that, subject to the prior approval of the Commission and, in the case of a court-appointed trustee, of the court, transfers to the trustee all rights and powers necessary to permit the trustee to effect the divestitures required by this order.
  4. The trustee shall have twelve (12) months from the date the Commission approves the trust agreement described in Paragraph VI. B. 3. to accomplish the divestiture, which shall be subject to the prior approval of the Commission. If, however, at the end of the twelve-month period, the trustee has submitted a plan of divestiture or believes that divestiture can be achieved within a reasonable time, the divestiture period may be extended by the Commission, or, in the case of a court-appointed trustee, by the court; provided, however, the Commission may extend this period only two (2) times.
  5. The trustee shall have full and complete access to the personnel, books, records and facilities related to the assets to be divested or to any other relevant information, as the trustee may request. Respondents shall develop such financial or other information as such trustee may request and shall cooperate with the trustee. Respondents shall take no action to interfere with or impede the trustee's accomplishment of the divestiture. Any delays in divestiture caused by Respondents shall extend the time for divestiture under this Paragraph in an amount equal to the delay, as determined by the Commission or, for a court-appointed trustee, by the court.
  6. The trustee shall use his or her best efforts to negotiate the most favorable price and terms available in each contract that is submitted to the Commission, subject to Respondents’ absolute and unconditional obligation to divest expeditiously at no minimum price. The divestiture shall be made in the manner and to the acquirer or acquirers as set out in Paragraphs II., III., IV., or V. of this order, as applicable; provided, however, if the trustee receives bona fide offers from more than one acquiring entity, and if the Commission determines to approve more than one such acquiring entity, the trustee shall divest to the acquiring entity or entities selected by Respondents from among those approved by the Commission.
  7. The trustee shall serve, without bond or other security, at the cost and expense of Respondents, on such reasonable and customary terms and conditions as the Commission or a court may set. The trustee shall have the authority to employ, at the cost and expense of Respondents, such consultants, accountants, attorneys, investment bankers, business brokers, appraisers, and other representatives and assistants as are necessary to carry out the trustee's duties and responsibilities. The trustee shall account for all monies derived from the divestiture and all expenses incurred. After approval by the Commission and, in the case of a court- appointed trustee, by the court, of the account of the trustee, including fees for his or her services, all remaining monies shall be paid at the direction of the Respondents, and the trustee's power shall be terminated. The trustee's compensation shall be based at least in significant part on a commission arrangement contingent on the trustee's divesting the assets to be divested.
  8. Respondents shall indemnify the trustee and hold the trustee harmless against any losses, claims, damages, liabilities, or expenses arising out of, or in connection with, the performance of the trustee's duties, including all reasonable fees of counsel and other expenses incurred in connection with the preparation for, or defense of any claim, whether or not resulting in any liability, except to the extent that such liabilities, losses, damages, claims, or expenses result from misfeasance, gross negligence, willful or wanton acts, or bad faith by the trustee.
  9. If the trustee ceases to act or fails to act diligently, a substitute trustee shall be appointed in the same manner as provided in Paragraph VI. A. of this order.
  10. The Commission or, in the case of a court-appointed trustee, the court, may on its own initiative or at the request of the trustee issue such additional orders or directions as may be necessary or appropriate to accomplish the divestitures required by this order.
  11. The trustee shall have no obligation or authority to operate or maintain the assets to be divested.
  12. The trustee shall report in writing to Respondents and the Commission every sixty (60) days concerning the trustee's efforts to accomplish the divestitures.

VII.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that:

A. Respondents shall provide heavy crude oil to Huntway pursuant to the Huntway Supply Agreement for a period of ten (10) years from the effective starting date of the Huntway Supply Agreement. The Huntway Supply Agreement shall be fully assignable to any successor of Huntway that continues to operate the asphalt refinery now operated by Huntway, and may be canceled by Respondents only if Huntway’s asphalt refinery ceases operations “permanently,” as such “permanent” cessation is defined in the Huntway Supply Agreement.

B. The purpose of the requirements of this Paragraph VII is to ensure that Texaco’s volumes and prices of undiluted heavy crude oil supplied to Huntway are unaffected by changes in Texaco’s incentives as a result of combining with Shell, so as to prevent (1) the raising of costs for undiluted heavy crude oil to Shell’s asphalt competitor, and (2) the raising of prices for asphalt in northern California, as alleged in the Commission's Complaint.

C. For a period of ten (10) years from the date this order becomes final, Respondents shall not, without the prior approval of the Commission, directly or indirectly, reduce the volumes offered to Huntway, increase the price for crude oil supplied to Huntway, or terminate the Huntway Supply Agreement, except according to the terms of the Huntway Supply Agreement. Any amendment to the Huntway Supply Agreement relating to an increase in price, a decrease in volume, or termination shall not be effective until approved by the Commission, provided, however, that any such amendment shall be deemed approved unless the Commission notifies Respondents, within ninety (90) days of the Commission’s receiving actual notice of the amendment, of the Commission’s intention to consider the amendment further.

VIII.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, for a period of ten (10) years from the date this order becomes final, no Respondent shall, without providing advance written notification to the Commission, directly or indirectly, through subsidiaries, partnerships, joint ventures, or otherwise:

A. Acquire any stock, share capital, equity, partnership, membership or other interest valued at $100 million or more in any concern, corporate or non- corporate, engaged, at the time of such acquisition or within the year preceding such acquisition, in the refining of petroleum products in the States of Alaska, Washington, Oregon or California; or

B. Acquire any assets, valued at $100 million or more and used, or used within the preceding year (and still suitable for use), in the refining of petroleum products in the States of Alaska, Washington, Oregon or California.

Said notification shall be given on the Notification and Report Form set forth in the Appendix to Part 803 of Title 16 of the Code of Federal Regulations as amended (hereinafter referred to as “the Notification”), and shall be prepared and transmitted in accordance with the requirements of that part, except that no filing fee will be required for any such notification, notification shall be filed with the Secretary of the Commission, notification need not be made to the United States Department of Justice, and notification is required only of Respondents and not of any other party to the transaction. Respondents shall provide the Notification to the Commission at least thirty (30) days prior to consummating the transaction (hereinafter referred to as the “first waiting period”). If, within the first waiting period, representatives of the Commission make a written request for additional information or documentary material (within the meaning of 16 C.F.R. 803.20), Respondents shall not consummate the transaction until twenty (20) days after submitting such additional information or documentary material. Early termination of the waiting periods in this Paragraph may be requested and, where appropriate, granted by letter from the Bureau of Competition. Provided, however, that prior notification shall not be required by this Paragraph for a transaction for which notification is required to be made, and has been made, pursuant to Section 7A of the Clayton Act, 15 U.S.C. 18a.

IX.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that:

A. Within sixty (60) days after the date this order becomes final and every sixty (60) days thereafter until Respondents have fully complied with the provisions of Paragraphs II., III., IV., V., VI., and VII. of this order, Respondents shall submit to the Commission a verified written report setting forth in detail the manner and form in which they intend to comply, are complying, and have complied with Paragraphs II., III., IV., V., VI., and VII. of this order. Respondents shall include in their compliance reports, among other things that are required from time to time, a full description of the efforts being made to comply with Paragraphs II., III., IV., V., VI., and VII. of the order, including a description of all substantive contacts or negotiations for the divestitures and the identity of all parties contacted. Respondents shall include in their compliance reports copies of all written communications to and from such parties, all internal memoranda, and all reports and recommendations concerning divestiture.

B. One (1) year from the date this order becomes final, annually for the next nine (9) years on the anniversary of the date this order becomes final, and at other times as the Commission may require, Respondents shall file a verified written report with the Commission setting forth in detail the manner and form in which they have complied and are complying with each provision of this order.

X.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that:

A. Respondents shall notify the Commission at least thirty (30) days prior to any proposed change in the corporate Respondents such as dissolution, assignment, sale resulting in the emergence of a successor corporation, or the creation or dissolution of subsidiaries or any other change in the corporation that may affect compliance obligations arising out of the order.

B. Upon formation of the Joint Venture, Respondents shall cause the Joint Venture to be bound by the terms of this order.

XI.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, for the purpose of determining or securing compliance with this order, upon written request, Respondents shall permit any duly authorized representative of the Commission:

A. Access, during office hours and in the presence of counsel, to inspect and copy all books, ledgers, accounts, correspondence, memoranda and other records and documents in the possession or under the control of each Respondent relating to any matters contained in this order; and

B. Upon five days' notice to each Respondent and without restraint or interference from it, to interview officers, directors, or employees of Respondent.

XII.

If (i) Respondents have fully complied with all terms of this order; (ii) Respondents within four (4) months after final approval of this order by the Commission have submitted a complete application in support of the divestiture of the assets and businesses to be divested pursuant to Paragraphs II, III, IV or V of this order, as the case may be (including the buyer, manner of divestiture and all other matters subject to Commission approval); and (iii) the Commission has approved the divestiture and has not withdrawn its acceptance; but (iv) Respondents have certified to the Commission within ten (10) days after the Commission’s approval of the divestiture that a State, notwithstanding timely and complete application by Respondents to the State, has failed to approve the divestiture under an Applicable Consent Decree of the particular assets or businesses whose divestiture is also required under this Order, then, with respect to the particular divestiture that remains unconsummated, the time in which the divestiture is required under this order to be complete shall be extended for sixty (60) days. During such sixty (60) day period, Respondents shall exercise utmost good faith and best efforts to resolve the concerns of the particular State.

By the Commission, Commissioner Thompson not participating.

Donald S. Clark
Secretary

[SEAL]

ISSUED: April 21, 1998