Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Oil and Gas Properties

Oil and Gas Properties
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Industries Disclosures [Abstract]  
Oil and Gas Properties

Note 7 – Oil and Gas Properties


Upon organization of Foothills Petroleum Inc., on December 24, 2015, Wilshire Energy Partners, LLC, contributed its 100% membership interest in Foothills Exploration, LLC, a Wyoming limited liability company, to FPI in exchange for 4,500,000 shares of FPI's common stock. At the time of contribution, Wilshire Energy Partners, LLC, had acquired and owned the rights to 38,120 acres of oil and gas leases in the State of Wyoming (as described above in Note 1, Nature of Operations). On completion of the Share Exchange, effective May 27, 2016, Wilshire Energy Partners, LLC, exchanged its FPI shares for 4,500,000 shares of the Company's common stock. As a result, the Company owns 100% of FPI and Foothills Exploration, LLC, is now a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of the Company that retains title to these oil and gas leases. This transaction is treated as the founding transaction by the Company. The asset was valued at $72,430 at the time of transfer based on costs associated with the payment of lease bonuses, fees and taxes paid during the formation of the asset.


On March 29, 2016, Foothills acquired a 35% working interest in the Ladysmith Anticline prospect that is located in Fremont County, Wyoming. Total acreage position is 3,061 acres located between the Great Divide/Greater Green River Basin and the Wind River Basin, in return for covering certain costs of operation in the amount of $20,000, and to a share of the working interest in the leases. The primary target zones are the variable Phosphoria and Tensleep sandstone with secondary considerations in the Madison limestone and Flathead sandstone. The prospect generation was based on licensed 2-D seismic comprised of two seismic lines covering the Chevron/Echo – Greater Green River Basin. The asset is valued at $20,000 based on the agreement and consideration paid by the Company. During the year ended December 31, 2016, the Company capitalized an additional $55,848   in costs related to this asset.


On December 12, 2016, the Company entered into a participation agreement with Magna Operating, LLC, a privately held Houston-based independent exploration and production company (“Magna Operating”), in relation to the Labokay prospect, covering approximately 240 acres in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. As consideration for an assignment of interest in and to the leases and the prospect, Foothills Petroleum Operating, Inc., a Nevada corporation and indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company (“FPOI”), tendered to Magna Operating the purchase price in the amount of $144,000. This amount covered FPOI’s share of the land, lease, and administrative costs that Magna Operating incurred in generating and assembling the Labokay prospect as of November 15, 2016. As further consideration for an assignment of working interest in and to the leases, FPOI agreed to participate in the cost, risk, and expense of drilling the Labokay test well.


Subsequent to the period ended December 31, 2016, the Company drilled a test well on Labokay to the total measured depth of 8,795 feet, where hydrocarbons shows were present, but not in commercial quantities to warrant completion. The Company disclosed that the well will be plugged and abandoned as required. The Company estimates well costs for the Labokay test well at approximately $1.1 million, including plugging and abandonment liability which it expects to incur during the first half of 2017.


On December 30, 2016, the Company acquired various oil and gas assets in Utah from Total Belief Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of New Times Energy Corporation Limited. These assets included certain oil and gas wells throughout the Uinta Basin in Utah on acreage with over 30 proven undeveloped drilling locations, additional non-operating interest in other leases, and access to approximately 6,000 acres in the Uinta Basin with proven and probable reserves and existing infrastructure in place. This purchase provides us with an entry point into the Uinta Basin and a basis from which to seek other bolt-on acquisition opportunities in the Rockies. The transaction delivers a licensed and bonded operator in Utah having bonds in place with the BLM, State of Utah and BIA. Through the acquisition, Foothills also obtained six shut-in wells in the Natural Buttes Field, Utah. Two of these wells have already been worked over and brought back online with production averaging around 500 barrels per month in January and February 2017. The remaining four wells will be worked over in the coming months with the goal of bringing additional production back online.


The transaction provides Foothills with the rights to an agreement to acquire up to 6,000+ acres and up to 16 shut-in oil and gas wells with proved and proved undeveloped reserves on Tribal lands in the Uinta Basin. These properties provide in-field drilling potential, the ability to bring online shut-in wells and behind pipe development. Five shut-in wells located on fee lands in the Altamont-Bluebell Field that are undergoing title curative also have the potential to achieve near term production with stimulation and the addition of surface equipment. Furthermore, this acquisition delivers to the Company an additional 40% working interest in the Ladysmith Prospect covering 3,060 acres in the Greater Green River Basin, Wyoming, bringing the Company’s total working interest in the prospect from 35% (pre-acquisition) up to 75%. Lastly through this transaction, the Company also acquired 13,166,667 shares of common stock, constituting 55.63% of the outstanding shares of Grey Hawk Exploration, Inc. (“Grey Hawk”), a British Columbia, Canada company. Grey Hawk owns a non-operated working interest in two non-producing wells in the southern portion of the Natural Buttes Field.


On December 30, 2016, concurrent with the TBL transaction, the Company also acquired the remaining 25% membership interests in TEPI from Green Stone Capital Partners Limited, a Cayman Islands limited liability company, in exchange for assumption of Greenstone’s proportionate share of TEPI obligations and liabilities.