Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

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RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2014
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS [Abstract]  
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
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The Company is a non-operating participant in a number of wells in North Dakota that are operated by Emerald Oil, Inc. (“Emerald”), by virtue of leased acreage or working interests held by the Company in drilling units operated by Emerald.  As of September 30, 2014, such wells included 36 gross (6.9 net) producing wells, and an additional 10 gross (1.0 net) wells that were drilling or awaiting completion.  Based on authorizations for expenditure (or AFEs) provided by Emerald with respect to each of the wells, the total drilling and completion costs for these 46 gross wells was estimated at approximately $78 million for Northern Oil’s working interest in the wells.  James Russell (J.R.) Reger is a director, executive officer and less than 5% shareholder of Emerald, which is a publicly-traded company.  J.R. Reger is also the brother of Northern Oil’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Reger.  At September 30, 2014, the Company’s accounts receivable and accounts payable balances with Emerald were $2.4 million and $12.9 million, respectively.  At December 31, 2013, the Company’s accounts receivable and accounts payable balances with Emerald were $4.6 million and $23.2 million, respectively.  The Company recorded total revenues of $18.7 million and $0 from Emerald for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

All transactions involving related parties are approved or ratified by the Company’s Audit Committee.