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The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on an application by Tesoro Corporation and Tesoro Logistics Operations LLC (Tesoro) requesting FTC approval to sell its petroleum-related terminaling business and related assets in Boise, Idaho, to Sinclair Transportation Co. The divestiture is required under a final FTC consent order approved in August 2013, allowing Tesoro’s acquisition of Chevron Corporation’s Northwest Products Pipeline assets.

According to the FTC’s June 2013 complaint, the transaction as originally proposed would have significantly reduced competition and likely led to higher prices by giving Tesoro ownership of two of the three full service light petroleum terminals in Boise. Tesoro’s application states that approval of the divestiture to Sinclair will restore the competition lost through its acquisition of the Chevron assets, and that Sinclair is currently prepared to operate the Boise Terminal assets.

The Commission will decide whether to approve the proposed divestiture after expiration of the public comment period. Public comments may be submitted until February 6, 2014.  Written comments should be sent to:  FTC Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20580. Comments can be submitted electronically. Copies of the application also can be found on the FTC’s website and as a link to this press release. (FTC File No. 131-0052, Docket No. C-4405; the staff contact is Roberta Baruch, Bureau of Competition, 202-326-2861)

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Mitchell J. Katz,
Office of Public Affairs