Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Fair Value Measurements Fair Value of Financial Instruments, Policy (Policies)

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Fair Value Measurements Fair Value of Financial Instruments, Policy (Policies)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Fair Value, Assets and Liabilities Measured on Recurring and Nonrecurring Basis [Line Items]  
Fair Value of Financial Instruments, Policy [Policy Text Block]
We apply the authoritative accounting provisions for measuring fair value of both our financial and nonfinancial assets and liabilities. Fair value is an exit price representing the expected amount we would receive upon the sale of an asset or that we would expect to pay to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction with market participants at the measurement date.
We use a hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs we use to measure fair value into three distinct categories based upon whether such inputs are observable in active markets or unobservable. We classify assets and liabilities in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. Our methodology for categorizing assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value pursuant to this hierarchy gives the highest priority to unadjusted quoted prices in active markets and the lowest level to unobservable inputs as outlined below.
Fair value measurements are classified and disclosed in one of the following three categories:
Level 1: Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets that are accessible at the measurement date for identical, unrestricted assets or liabilities. Level 1 inputs generally provide the most reliable evidence of fair value.
Level 2: Quoted prices in markets that are not active or inputs, which are observable, either directly or indirectly, for substantially the full term of the asset or liability.
Level 3: Prices or valuation techniques that require inputs that are both significant to the fair value measurement and unobservable (i.e., supported by little or no market activity).
Fair Value, Measurements, Recurring  
Fair Value, Assets and Liabilities Measured on Recurring and Nonrecurring Basis [Line Items]  
Fair Value of Financial Instruments, Policy [Policy Text Block]
We used the following methods and assumptions to estimate fair values for the financial assets and liabilities described below:
Commodity derivatives: We determine the fair values of our commodity derivative instruments based on discounted cash flows derived from third-party quoted forward prices for West Texas Intermediate crude oil and NYMEX Henry Hub gas closing prices as of the end of the reporting periods. We generally use the income approach, using valuation techniques that convert future cash flows to a single discounted value. Each of these is a level 2 input.
Assets of SERP: During the Predecessor periods, we held various publicly traded equity securities in a Rabbi Trust as assets for funding certain deferred compensation obligations. The fair values were based on quoted market prices, which were level 1 inputs.
Deferred compensation - SERP obligations: Certain of our deferred compensation obligations in the Predecessor periods were ultimately to be settled in cash based on the underlying fair value of certain assets, including those held in the Rabbi Trust. The fair values were based on quoted market prices, which were level 1 inputs.