Hall, Kistler & Company: Oil and Gas Accounting Overview

By Andy Griffin, CPA, Supervisor

Recently Mike Eberhart (also of Hall Kistler) and I were asked to present a webinar entitled “Overview of Oil and Gas Accounting.” The webinar was part of a series of oil and gas webinars sponsored by Bisk CPEasy, now part of Thomson Reuters, a national continuing professional education provider.

As we discussed during the webinar, the two methods used in oil and gas accounting are (1) successful efforts and (2) full cost.

Accounting in the oil and gas industry requires an analysis of the various costs incurred by oil and gas companies in the process of acquiring and leasing properties and also the drilling of the oil and gas property and producing oil and gas from that property.  The calculation of depletion and amortization also must be performed, as well as the calculation of potential impairment of oil and gas properties.  It is also necessary to calculate asset retirement obligation liabilities.

These are all topics Mike and I spoke about at length during the webinar.  If you have any questions about these issues (or any oil and gas related topic), give our team of accountants at Hall, Kistler & Company a call at 330-453-7633. We would love to meet with you and help work through them.

To learn more about the work Hall Kistler & Company does in the oil and gas industry, visit http://www.hallkistler.com/oil-and-gas

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About Andy Griffin

Andy joined Hall, Kistler & Company LLP in 2004 after receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Business from Malone College. He practices in the areas of accounting, audit and tax for clients in the oil and gas, manufacturing and distribution and wholesale industries as well as other closely held companies. Andy has a thorough understanding of the issues affecting oil and gas companies, as well as publicly traded companies. He has experience with SEC filings including 10-Ks and 10-Qs and working with Sarbanes-Oxley. Andy also serves on several firm committees including the oil and gas and audit and accounting committees. Andy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Council of Petroleum Accountants Society - Appalachia and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. He is a graduate of the 2007 Spotlight Stark County program, a member of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Canton Preservation Society.

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