Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Property and Equipment

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Property and Equipment
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
Property, Plant and Equipment [Abstract]  
Property and Equipment

Note 4 – Property and Equipment

 

Oil and Gas Properties

 

The Company’s oil and gas properties at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017 are located in the United States of America.

 

The carrying values of the Company’s oil and gas properties, net of depletion, depreciation, amortization, and impairment at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017 are set forth below in the following table:

 

    September 30, 2018     December 31, 2017  
Unproved leasehold (1)   $ 979,978     $ 977,936  
Proved leasehold     13,176,778       10,094,760  
Properties subject to depletion, net of depletion     306,806       580,158  
Exploratory wells – construction-in-progress (1) (2)     -       1,479,282  
Total   $ 14,463,562     $ 13,132,136  

 

(1) Not subject to depletion;
(2) Reclassified from exploratory to properties subject to amortization at September 30, 2018.

 

          Exploration and           Depreciation, Depletion, Amortization,        
Year   Acquisition     Development     Disposition     and        
Incurred   Costs     Costs     of Assets     Impairment     Total  
                               
2016 and prior   $ 10,252,568     $ 1,181,421     $     $     $ 11,433,989  
2017           3,223,931             (1,525,784 )     1,698,147  
2018           1,636,809               (305,383 )     1,331,426  
Total   $ 10,252,568     $ 6,042,161     $     $ (1,831,167 )   $ 14,463,562  

 

  In 2017, the Company acquired a 21.62% non-operated working interest with a 17.1% net revenue interest in two exploratory horizontal gas wells in the Uinta Basin from an undisclosed party, and the Company incurred $1,479,282 in well costs. During the nine months ended September 30, 2018, the company incurred an additional $1,607,677 of well costs. At September 30, 2018, the Company’s share total costs for drilling and completing the two wells was $3,086,959. Although these wells produced economic quantities of natural gas liquids and residue gas through September 30, 2018, well completion activities were completed during the nine months ended September 30, 2018, so costs were reclassed from construction-in-progress and to proved properties subject to depletion through September 30, 2018.

  

  In 2017, the Company drilled a test well on the Labokay prospect to the total measured depth of 8,795 feet, where hydrocarbons shows were not in commercial quantities to warrant completion. This well was plugged and abandoned. Since the well was not commercially viable the Company’s working interest in the underlying mineral lease terminated and we no longer have a right to acquire title to said property. During the year ended December 31, 2017, we incurred costs of $1,209,675 in the drilling of this well and $1,352,982 was charged to impairment expense. Civil lawsuits were filed against FPOI arising from unpaid accounts in connection with drilling of this well – see Note 11 – Commitments and Contingencies for additional information on the lawsuits.
     
  In 2017, the Company worked over two Duck Creek wells obtaining production from the Green River formation. We incurred $79,989 in capitalized workover costs associated with these wells. The wells require additional workover and were shut-in in July 2017. The Company recorded asset retirement costs of $291,659 related to Duck Creek wells. During the nine months ended September 30, 2018, we incurred $8,821 in capitalized workover costs associated with these wells.
     
  In 2017, the Company incurred costs of $22,691 for bonding, legal, title, engineering, geological and surveying in our Ladysmith project in Fremont County, Wyoming.
     
  In 2017, the Company incurred costs of $3,750 related to Springs Project. The Company allowed the BLM leases for the Springs project to expire without paying additional delay rental payments. The primary terms on these leases were due to expire in Q4 2018 and in the view of management it was not in the best interest of the Company to continue exploratory efforts on this speculative play. Management concluded that Company resources would be better redirected to continue seeking lower-risk acquisitions of producing oil and gas properties rather than take additional wildcat drilling risk on this prospect. The Company currently no longer owns the mineral rights for this project. As the result, the Company recognized impairment of oil and gas property in amount of $154,787, during the year ended December 31, 2017.
     
  In 2017, the Company incurred costs of $100,191 for exploration and development efforts associated with the proved oil and gas assets in Utah, which were acquired on December 30, 2016, from Total Belief Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of New Times Energy Corporation Limited. These assets include certain oil and gas wells throughout the Uinta Basin in Utah on acreage with over 30 proved 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. In connection with the TBL acquisition, Foothills entered into a promissory note in the amount of $6,000,000. This note bears no interest during its term. The Company calculated and recorded $(342,804) of imputed interest as debt discount. During the nine months ended September 30, 2018, we incurred cost of $20,000 exploration and development efforts associated with these properties.
     
  In 2017, the Company incurred costs of $379,498 for exploration and development efforts associated with numerous unproved oil and gas properties in the Company’s geographic areas of interest, including farmout properties (Paw Paw and Ironwood) and numerous others being evaluated and considered for a prospective acquisition and/or farmout by the Company. During the nine months ended September 30, 2018, we incurred cost of $312 exploration and development efforts associated with these properties.
     
  In 2017, we recorded depreciation, depletion and amortization cost related to oil and gas properties of $18,017. During the nine months ended September 30, 2018, we recorded depreciation, depletion, amortization costs related to oil and gas properties of $305,383.

 

Support Facilities and Equipment

 

The Company’s support facilities and equipment serve its oil and gas production activities. The following table summarizes these properties and equipment, together with their estimated useful lives:

 

    September 30, 2018     December 31, 2017  
             
Tank   $ 30,000     $ 30,000  
Vehicle     69,446       69,446  
Uinta Basin facilities     170,570          
Accumulated depreciation     (531 )     (31 )
Construction in progress (1)     -       22,087  
Total support facilities and equipment, net   $ 269,485     $ 121,502  

 

  (1) Facilities constructed in conjunction with drilling for our two exploratory horizontal wells in Uintah County, Utah, not subject to depreciation. During the months ended September 30, 2018, construction-in-progress was reclassified to Uinta Basin facilities and became eligible for depreciation upon the completion of the construction.

 

The Company recognized depreciation expense of $147 and $0 during the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively. The Company recognized depreciation expense of $531 and $0 during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

Office Furniture, Equipment, and Other

 

As of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, office furniture, equipment, and other consisted of the following:

 

    September 30, 2018     December 31, 2017  
Computer equipment and fixtures   $ 22,453     $ 22,453  
Accumulated depreciation     (14,230 )     (8,632 )
Office furniture, equipment, and other, net   $ 8,223     $ 13,821  

 

During the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, we recorded depreciation expense of $1,886 and $1,886, respectively. During the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, we recorded depreciation expense of $5,598 and $5,598, respectively.