This excerpt taken from the MRO 10-K filed Mar 10, 2005.
was made as part of Marathon's strategic plan to rationalize noncore oil and gas properties. The Yates field and gathering system consisted of assets of $240 million of property, plant and equipment and asset retirement obligations of $3 million.
During 2002, Marathon acquired additional interests in coalbed natural gas assets in the Powder River Basin of northern Wyoming and southern Montana from XTO Energy, Inc. ("XTO") in exchange for certain oil and gas properties in eastern Texas and northern Louisiana. Additionally, 100 million cubic feet per day of long-term gas transportation capacity was released to Marathon by the original owner of the Powder River Basin interests. On July 1, 2002, Marathon completed this transaction by selling its production interests in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico to XTO for $42 million. Marathon recognized a gain of $24 million in 2002 related to this transaction.