It should be noted a control system, including the Company's DC&P and ICOFR, no matter how well conceived or operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objective of the control system will be met and it should not be expected that DC&P and ICOFR will prevent all errors or fraud.
Oil and gas exploration and production is capital intensive and involves a number of business risks including, without limitation, the uncertainty of finding new reserves, the instability of commodity prices, weather and various operational risks. Commodity prices are influenced by local and worldwide supply and demand, OPEC actions, ongoing global economic concerns, the U.S. dollar exchange rate, transportation costs, political stability and seasonal and weather related changes to demand. The price of natural gas has weakened due to increasing U.S. gas production driven primarily by the U.S. shale gas plays. The large amount of gas in storage combined with strong U.S. gas production and financial market fears has continued to suppress the price of natural gas. Oil prices continue to remain volatile as they are a geopolitical commodity, affected by concerns about economic markets in the U.S. and Europe and continued instability in oil producing countries. Differentials between WTI oil prices and prices received in Alberta are volatile. The industry is subject to extensive governmental regulation with respect to the environment. Operational risks include well performance, uncertainties inherent in estimating reserves, timing of/ability to obtain drilling licences and other regulatory approvals, ability to obtain equipment, expiration of licences and leases, competition from other producers, sufficiency of insurance, ability to manage growth, reliance on key personnel, third party credit risk and appropriateness of accounting estimates. These risks are described in more detail in the Company's most recent Annual Information Form filed with Canadian securities regulatory authorities on SEDAR.
The Company makes substantial capital expenditures for the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas reserves. As the Company's revenues may decline as a result of decreased commodity pricing, it may be required to reduce capital expenditures. In addition, uncertain levels of near term industry activity coupled with the present global economic concerns exposes the Company to additional access to capital risk. There can be no assurance that debt or equity financing, or funds generated by operations will be available or sufficient to meet these requirements or for other corporate purposes or, if debt or equity financing is available, that it will be on terms acceptable to the Company. The inability of the Company to access sufficient capital for its operations could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.
Anderson manages these risks by employing competent professional staff, following sound operating practices and using capital prudently. The Company generates its exploration prospects internally and performs extensive geological, geophysical, engineering, and environmental analysis before committing to the drilling of new prospects. Anderson seeks out and employs new technologies where possible. With the Company's extensive drilling inventory and advance planning, the Company believes it can manage the slower pace of regulatory approvals and the requirements for extensive landowner consultation.
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