Presidents Message Fall 2023

Year 2023 has been busy for an old, retired guy like me.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would have been so deeply involved in the Oil and Gas business my second year of retirement.  Even though I’m maybe a little too busy, I’m enjoying...

PASSA Meeting – Tuesday, September 26th

Please RSVP Here PASSA Meeting Tuesday, September 26th 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (lunch provided-free) San Antonio Petroleum Club Sign-in Begins at 11:00 am Guests are welcome:  lunch fee is $25 Speaker: Warren Martin – 12:10 – 1:00 pm Topic:  The Power of...

President’s Message July 2023

Wow, can you believe another COPAS year is starting.  Where does time go?  Seems like yesterday when I worked as an auditor for Union Pacific Resources in Fort Worth.  My 33-year career in the oil & gas business has been good.  Of course, in...

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We intend to serve as THE source of business and accounting solutions for the energy industry.  COPAS provides expertise for the oil and gas industry through the development of Model Form Accounting Procedures, publications and education.  We are a forum for the active exchange of ideas which result in innovative business and accounting solutions.


The Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies, Inc. (COPAS) is a professional organization comprised of the oil and gas industry’s most knowledgeable and influential accounting professionals.  COPAS has operated as a non-profit entity for more than 60 years and has 26 societies in the United States and Canada.  Many of our publications and guidelines are incorporated into contracts and establish many of the rules and guidelines used by our members in their daily jobs.  The collective COPAS expertise is often looked to by many governmental agencies for assistance in drafting procedures and rules.  Our members work in academia, governmental agencies, consulting companies and oil and gas exploration and production companies ranging from sole proprietorships to the largest integrated “majors”; there is no better place for networking, knowledge sharing and educational opportunities.

COPAS was established in 1961 by representatives from various independent local societies throughout the United States and Western Canada.  These societies recognized the need for standardized procedures and guidelines as the oil and gas industry expanded across the country so that common issues and problems could be addressed in a central forum.  The societies wanted to develop standardized documents in areas such as joint interest accounting, auditing, production volume and revenue accounting, and financial reporting and tax matters so that companies operating in all parts of the U.S. and Canada could be more effective and efficient by using the same standards and guidelines.

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For more information regarding our organization, mission,vision and history, please visit the National COPAS website