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limiting our access to sources of capital, such as equity and long-term debt;

reducing the carrying value of our crude oil and natural gas properties, resulting in additional non-cash write-downs;

reducing the carrying value of our gathering, transmission, and processing facilities, resulting in additional impairments; or

reducing the carrying value of goodwill.

Our ability to sell natural gas or oil and/or receive market prices for our natural gas or oil may be adversely affected by pipeline and gathering system capacity constraints and various transportation interruptions. A portion of our natural gas and oil production in any region may be interrupted, limited, or shut in, from time to time for numerous reasons, including as a result of weather conditions, accidents, loss of pipeline or gathering system access, field labor issues or strikes, or capital constraints that limit the ability of third parties to construct gathering systems, processing facilities, or interstate pipelines to transport our production, or we might voluntarily curtail production in response to market conditions. If a substantial amount of our production is interrupted at the same time, it could temporarily adversely affect our cash flows. Future economic conditions in the U.S. and certain international markets may materially adversely impact our operating results. Current global market conditions, and uncertainty, including economic instability in Europe and certain emerging markets, is likely to have significant long-term effects. Global economic growth drives demand for energy from all sources, including fossil fuels. A lower future economic growth rate could result in decreased demand growth for our crude oil and natural gas production as well as lower commodity prices, which would reduce our cash flows from operations and our profitability. Weather and climate may have a significant adverse impact on our revenues and productivity. Demand for oil and natural gas are, to a degree, dependent on weather and climate, which impact the price we receive for the commodities we produce. In addition, our exploration and development activities and equipment can be adversely affected by severe weather, such as freezing temperatures, hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico or storms in the North Sea, which may cause a loss of production from temporary cessation of activity or lost or damaged equipment. Our planning for normal climatic variation, insurance programs, and emergency recovery plans may inadequately mitigate the effects of such weather conditions, and not all such effects can be predicted, eliminated, or insured against. Our operations involve a high degree of operational risk, particularly risk of personal injury, damage, or loss of equipment, and environmental accidents. Our operations are subject to hazards and risks inherent in the drilling, production, and transportation of crude oil and natural gas, including: •

well blowouts, explosions, and cratering;

pipeline or other facility ruptures and spills;

fires;

formations with abnormal pressures;

equipment malfunctions;

hurricanes, storms, and/or cyclones, which could affect our operations in areas such as on and offshore the Gulf Coast and North Sea and other natural disasters and weather conditions; and 17

Apache 2015 Summary Annual Report  

Adapting to a changing environment

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