Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

8. Asset Retirement Obligation

8. Asset Retirement Obligation
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2016
Asset Retirement Obligation Disclosure [Abstract]  
Asset Retirement Obligation

The Company has asset retirement obligations (ARO) associated with the future plugging and abandonment of proved properties and related facilities. Under the provisions of FASB ASC 410-20-25, the fair value of a liability for an asset retirement obligation is recorded in the period in which it is incurred and a corresponding increase in the carrying amount of the related long lived asset. The liability is accreted to its present value each period, and the capitalized cost is depreciated over the useful life of the related asset. If the liability is settled for an amount other than the recorded amount, a gain or loss is recognized. The Company has no assets that are legally restricted for purposes of settling ARO.


The following table summarizes the Company’s asset retirement obligation transactions recorded in accordance with the provisions of FASB ASC 410-20-25 during the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015:


    Nine Months Ended  
    September 30,  
    2016     2015  
Beginning ARO   $ 368,089     $ 286,804  
Liabilities incurred for new wells placed in production     4,737       42,391  
Accretion of discount on ARO     16,258       23,900  
Liability relieved in debt restructuring     (389,084 )      
Ending ARO   $     $ 353,095  


The ARO as of December 31, 2015 has been reclassified to non-current liabilities from discontinued operations on the balance sheet.