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This excerpt taken from the PVA 10-Q filed May 11, 2009.

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

We determine depreciation and depletion of oil and gas producing properties by the units-of-production method and these amounts could change with revisions to estimated proved recoverable reserves. We compute depreciation and amortization of property and equipment using the straight-line balance method over the estimated useful life of each asset as follows:

 

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     Useful Life

Gathering systems

   15-20 years

Compressor stations

   5-15 years

Processing plants

   15 years

Other property and equipment

   3-20 years

PVR depletes coal properties on an area-by-area basis at a rate based on the cost of the mineral properties and the number of tons of estimated proven and probable coal reserves contained therein. Proven and probable coal reserves have been estimated by PVR’s own geologists and outside consultants. PVR’s estimates of coal reserves are updated periodically and may result in adjustments to coal reserves and depletion rates that are recognized prospectively. From time to time, PVR carries out core-hole drilling activities on its coal properties in order to ascertain the quality and quantity of the coal contained in those properties. These core-hole drilling activities are expensed as incurred. PVR depletes timber using a methodology consistent with the units-of-production method, but that is based on the quantity of timber harvested. PVR determines depletion of oil and gas royalty interests by the units-of-production method and these amounts could change with revisions to estimated proved recoverable reserves. When PVR retires or sells an asset, we remove its cost and related accumulated depreciation and amortization from our consolidated balance sheets. We record the difference between the net book value, net of any assumed asset retirement obligation, and proceeds from dispositions as a gain or loss on the sales of property and equipment.

Intangible assets are primarily associated with assumed contracts, customer relationships and rights-of-way. These intangible assets are amortized over periods of up to 20 years, the period in which benefits are derived from the contracts, relationships and rights-of-way, and are combined with property, plant and equipment and are reviewed for impairment under SFAS No. 144.

This excerpt taken from the PVA 10-K filed Feb 27, 2009.

Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization

We determine depreciation and depletion of oil and gas producing properties by the units-of-production method and these amounts could change with revisions to estimated proved recoverable reserves. We compute depreciation and amortization of property and equipment using the straight-line balance method over the estimated useful life of each asset as follows:

 

     Useful Life

Gathering systems

   15-20 years

Compressor stations

   5-15 years

Processing plants

   15 years

Other property and equipment

   3-20 years

PVR depletes coal properties on an area-by-area basis at a rate based on the cost of the mineral properties and the number of tons of estimated proven and probable coal reserves contained therein. Proven and probable coal reserves have been estimated by PVR’s own geologists and outside consultants. PVR’s estimates of coal reserves are updated periodically and may result in adjustments to coal reserves and depletion rates that are recognized prospectively. From time to time, PVR carries out core-hole drilling activities on its coal properties in order to ascertain the quality and quantity of the coal contained in those properties. These core-hole drilling activities are expensed as incurred. PVR depletes timber using a methodology consistent with the units-of-production method, but that is based on the quantity of timber harvested. PVR determines depletion of oil and gas royalty interests by the units-of-production method and these amounts could change with revisions to estimated proved recoverable reserves. When PVR retires or sells an asset, we remove its cost and related accumulated depreciation and amortization from our consolidated balance sheets. We record the difference between the net book value (net of any assumed asset retirement obligation), and proceeds from disposition as a gain or loss on the sales of property and equipment.

Intangible assets are primarily associated with assumed contracts, customer relationships and rights-of-way. These intangible assets are amortized over periods of up to 20 years, the period in which benefits are derived from the contracts, relationships and rights-of-way, and are combined with property, plant and equipment and are reviewed for impairment under SFAS No. 144, Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets. See Note 13, “Intangible Assets, net” in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” for a more detailed description of our intangible assets.

 

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