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AmeriGas Propane, L.P.; AmeriGas Propane, Inc.

The FTC required AmeriGas L.P. and Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP), two of the nation's largest propane distributors, to amend AmeriGas's proposed acquisition of ETP's Heritage Propane business as part of a settlement with the FTC. The settlement resolves FTC charges that the deal, as originally proposed, would have reduced competition and raised prices in the market for propane exchange cylinders that consumers use to fuel barbeque grills and patio heaters. The FTC's settlement requires AmeriGas to exclude ETP's cylinder exchange business, Heritage Propane Express, from the sale.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
1210022
Docket Number
C-4346

Phillips Petroleum Co. and Conoco Inc.

A final consent order allows the merger of Phillips Petroleum and Conoco Inc. but requires certain divestitures and other relief to maintain competition in the gasoline refining market in specific areas of the United States. Among the assets to be divested are refineries, propane terminals, and natural gas gathering facilities. The FTC approved an application to reopen and modify its final order to change the license agreement that ConocoPhillips has with Holly Corporation, an independent oil refining company. The changes approved by the Commission allow ConocoPhillips and Holly to make the licensing of the "Phillips" and "Phillips 66" brands non-exclusive in two states for the last two years of the FTC-required agreement between them.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
021 0040
Docket Number
C-4058

Irving Oil Limited and Irving Oil Terminals Inc., In the Matter of

The Commission required Irving Oil Terminals Inc. and Irving Oil Limited to relinquish the rights to terminal and pipeline assets in Maine that Irving acquired from ExxonMobil, to maintain competition in gasoline and distillates terminaling services in the South Portland and Bangor/Penobscot Bay areas. The proposed settlement resolves the FTC’s charges that the acquisition is anticompetitive and could result in higher gasoline and diesel prices for consumers.

Type of Action
Administrative
Last Updated
FTC Matter/File Number
1010021