SOURCE: Emerald Oil, Inc.

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December 10, 2012 16:05 ET

Emerald Oil, Inc. Announces Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - December 10, 2012) -  Emerald Oil, Inc. (NYSE MKT: EOX) ("Emerald" or the "Company") announced today a key addition to its executive leadership team with the appointment of David Veltri as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Veltri will oversee all aspects of the Company's well activities and production operations, including drilling and well completion operations, production facilities and infrastructure, production operations, and operational capabilities including service agreements, operational staffing and operations budgeting. Mike Krzus, Director and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are delighted to secure a Chief Operating Officer with the technical capability and depth of relevant oil and gas operational management experience that David brings to the Company, most notably his direct Williston Basin drilling and completion operations experience."

Mr. Veltri has over 31 years of oil and gas industry experience with a major oil company and several independent oil companies, where he has managed and engineered all phases of upstream and mid-stream oil and gas operations, covering North Dakota, Wyoming, the Rocky Mountains, the Southern U.S., Mid-Continent, Louisiana, Texas and various international locations. Mr. Veltri was most recently Vice President / General Manager of Baytex Energy USA Ltd., where he managed that company's transition in the Williston Basin from non-operator to an operated upstream oil and gas business with working interests in over 100,000 acres, 100 wells, a two-rig drilling program, completion operations and an active acquisition program. His previous roles include Production Manager at El Paso Exploration and Production Company, Vice President of Production and Drilling at Yuma Exploration and Production Company, Project Engineer at EOG Resources, and Vice President of Production and Engineering at Chesapeake Energy Corp. Mr. Veltri began his career in the oil and gas industry as a petroleum engineer for Amoco Production Company, and he received a Bachelor of Science in Mining and Engineering from West Virginia University.

About Emerald

Emerald is a Denver-based independent exploration and production company focused primarily on the development of its approximate 48,800 net acres in the Williston Basin in North Dakota and Montana, prospective for oil in the Bakken and Three Forks formations. Emerald also has accumulated 45,100 net acres in the Sandwash Basin in northwest Colorado and southwest Wyoming, prospective for oil in the Niobrara formation, and 33,500 net acres in central Montana, prospective for oil in the Heath formation. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.emeraldoil.com.

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