NOTE 7 RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
The Company has purchased leasehold interests from South Fork Exploration, LLC (“SFE”) pursuant to a continuous lease program that covers specific agreed upon sections of townships and ranges in Burke, Divide, and Mountrail Counties of North Dakota where SFE previously acquired leasehold interests on the Company’s behalf and is authorized to continue to acquire additional acreage within the proximity of the originally-acquired leases. This program differs from other arrangements where the Company may purchase specific leases in one-time, single closing transactions. In 2008, the Company paid a total of $815,100 related to previously acquired leasehold interests. In 2009, the Company paid a total of $501,603 related to previously acquired leasehold interests. In 2010, the Company paid a total of $5,000 related to previously acquired leasehold interests. Because each lessor separately negotiates its own desired royalty, SFE’s over-riding royalty interest varies from lease to lease. The Company is receiving a net revenue interest ranging from 80.25% to 82.5% net revenue interest in the acquired leases, which is net of royalties and overriding royalties. SFE’s president is J.R. Reger, the brother of the Company’s CEO, Michael Reger. J.R. Reger is also a shareholder in the Company.
The Company has also purchased leasehold interests from Montana Oil Properties (“MOP”). In 2008, the Company purchased leasehold interests from MOP for a total consideration of approximately $5,160,824. In 2009, the Company paid MOP a total of $63,234 related to previously acquired leasehold interests. In July 2010, the Company paid MOP a total of $269,821 for leases and reimbursement costs pertaining to two separate wells in Mountrail County, North Dakota. MOP is controlled by Mr. Tom Ryan and Mr. Steven Reger, both are relatives of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Reger.
The Company has also purchased leasehold interests from Gallatin Resources, LLC (“Gallatin”). In 2008, the Company purchased leasehold interests from Gallatin for a total consideration of approximately $22,109. In 2009, the Company paid Gallatin a total of $22,223 related to previously acquired leasehold interests. In 2010, the Company paid Gallatin a total of $15,822 related to a previously acquired leasehold interests. Carter Stewart, one of the Company’s directors, owns a 25% interest in Gallatin. Legal counsel for Gallatin informed the Company that Mr. Stewart does not have the power to control Gallatin Resources because each member of Gallatin has the right to vote on matters in proportion to their respective membership interest in the company and company matters are determined by a vote of the holders of a majority of membership interests. Further, Mr. Stewart is neither an officer nor a director of Gallatin. As such, Mr. Stewart does not have the ability to individually control company decisions for Gallatin.
The Company has a securities account with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney that is managed by Kathleen Gilbertson, a financial advisor with that firm who is the sister of the Company’s president and Director, Ryan Gilbertson.
All transactions involving related parties were approved by the Company’s Board of Directors or Audit Committee.