Emerald Oil Provides Operations Update and 2013 Fourth Quarter Average and Exit Rate Production

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - January 23, 2014) - Emerald Oil, Inc. (NYSE MKT: EOX) ("Emerald" or the "Company") today provided an interim operations update on recent drilling and completion activities along with its 2013 fourth quarter and year end production rates.

Drilling and Completion Operations Update

Emerald's drilling operations continue with two rigs currently operating in the Low Rider project area in McKenzie County, North Dakota. The Company intends to add a third operated drilling rig beginning in April 2014.

Subsequent to Emerald's last operational update in early November 2013, the Company drilled and completed 3.9 net wells that are now producing. Emerald currently has 6.9 net wells drilling, completing or waiting on completion early in the first quarter of 2014.

2013 Production Update

During the fourth quarter of 2013, Emerald averaged approximately 2,430 BOEPD from its operated drilling program. This represents an increase of 103% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, and a 30% increase compared to the third quarter of 2013. The Company exited 2013 producing approximately 2,630 BOEPD.

Results from Emerald Operated Wells

  Well Results (BOEPD)
  24 Hour   30 Day   60 Day   90 Day
Pirate 1-2-11H 1,801   1,025   782   621
Arsenal 1-17-20H 1,638   768   753   570
Caper 1-15-22H 2,063   994   780   678
Mongoose 1-8-5H 1,523   862   706   619
Talon 1-9-4H 1,311   818   662   570
Slugger 1-16-21H 1,342   782   593   508
Hot Rod 1-27-26H 1,589   661   562   650
Hot Rod 4-27-26H 1,780   530   490   -
Excalibur 5-25-36H 1,842   702   591   -
Pirate 5-2-11H 1,537   607   -   -
Pirate 6-2-11H 1,641   788   -   -
Caper 5-22-15H 1,515   704   -   -
Caper 6-22-15H 2,019   827   -   -
Excalibur 4-25-36H (Three Forks) 1,113   573   -   -
Excalibur 3-25-36H 1,935   824   -   -

Management Comments

McAndrew Rudisill, Emerald's Chief Executive Officer, said, "Emerald is very encouraged by the results of our first well into the Three Forks formation, the Excalibur 4-25-36H. The well confirms the Three Forks resource in our acreage position in McKenzie County, ND. We now plan on drilling more Three Forks wells in conjunction with our Middle Bakken development program for 2014. Emerald exceeded both our average and exit rate production forecasts for 2013. Our production growth will further accelerate in 2014 with the addition of the third rig."

About Emerald

Emerald is an independent exploration and production operator that is focused on acquiring acreage and developing wells in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana, targeting the Bakken and Three Forks shale oil formations and Pronghorn sand oil formation. Emerald is based in Denver, Colorado. More information about Emerald can be found at www.emeraldoil.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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