This excerpt taken from the APA DEF 14A filed Mar 30, 2007.
INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
Ernst & Young LLP was the Companys independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year 2006. Representatives of Ernst & Young will be present at the annual meeting and will have an opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so and to respond to appropriate questions regarding Apache business.
Ernst & Youngs audit report on Apaches consolidated financial statements as of and for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 did not contain any adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion, and it was not qualified or modified as to uncertainty or audit scope; however, it was modified for the addition of new accounting principles.
During Apaches most recent fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, and through the filing date of this proxy statement, there were no disagreements with Ernst & Young on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements, if not resolved to Ernst & Youngs satisfaction, would have caused Ernst & Young to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreement in connection with their report; and there were no reportable events, as described in Item 304 (a) (1) (v) of Regulation S-K.
During 2006 and 2005, Ernst & Young provided various services to Apache. The aggregate fees for each of the following types of services are set forth below:
The audit committee of the Companys board of directors reviews summaries of the services provided by Ernst & Young and the related fees, and has taken into consideration whether the provision of non-audit services by Ernst & Young is compatible with maintaining auditor independence.