Alon USA Energy Inc Inc was incorporated under Delaware law in 2000. The Company is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, operates in South Central, Southwestern and Western regions of the United States. Its crude oil refineries are located in Texas, California and Louisiana and have a combined throughput capacity of approximately 214,000 barrels per day. It is also a marketer of asphalt, which it distributes through asphalt terminals located predominately in the Western United States. The Company operates in three operating segments; refining and marketing, asphalt, and retail. Its refining and marketing segment includes sour and heavy crude oil refineries that are located in Big Spring, Texas; Paramount, Bakersfield and Long Beach, California; and a light sweet crude oil refinery located in Krotz Springs, Louisiana. It refines crude oil into petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, petrochemicals, petrochemical feedstocks, asphalt, and other petroleum-based products, which are marketed in the South Central, Southwestern and Western United States. Its Asphalt segment owns or operates approximately 11 asphalt terminals located in Texas (Big Spring), Washington (Richmond Beach), California (Paramount, Long Beach, Elk Grove, Mojave and Bakersfield), Arizona (Phoenix and Flagstaff) as well as asphalt terminals in which it owns 50% interest located in Fernley, Nevada, and Brownwood, Texas. Its Retail segment operates approximately 309 owned and leased convenience store sites located in Central and West Texas and New Mexico. It also owns 7-Eleven licensee in the United States and have the exclusive right to use the 7-Eleven trade name in substantially all of its existing retail markets and many surrounding areas. It competes in the asphalt market with various refineries including Valero, Tesoro, U.S. Oil, Western, San Joaquin Refining, Ergon and HollyFrontier as well as regional and national asphalt marketing companies that have little or no associated refining operations. The Company's operations is subject to extensive and frequently changing federal, state, regional and local laws, regulations and ordinances relating to the protection of the environment, including those governing emissions or discharges to the air, water, and land, the handling and disposal of solid and hazardous waste and the remediation of contamination.