Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Details)

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SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Details) - USD ($)
3 Months Ended 9 Months Ended 12 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Sep. 30, 2016
Sep. 30, 2017
Sep. 30, 2016
Dec. 31, 2016
May 18, 2015
May 13, 2013
Accounts Receivable, Net [Abstract]              
Allowance for doubtful accounts $ 5,600,000   $ 5,600,000   $ 4,900,000    
Advance to Operators [Abstract]              
Period for advance payments to be applied against joint interest billings     90 days        
Property, Plant and Equipment [Abstract]              
Depreciation expense 39,101 $ 50,652 $ 124,888 $ 155,813      
Debt Issuance Costs [Abstract]              
Amortization of debt issuance costs 1,000,000 900,000 2,889,416 2,879,164      
Write-off of Debt Issuance Costs $ 0 $ 0 $ 95,135 $ 1,089,507      
Bond Premium/Discount on Senior Notes [Abstract]              
Rate of Senior notes 8.00%   8.00%        
Income Taxes [Abstract]              
Valuation allowance $ 335,600,000   $ 335,600,000   341,300,000    
Potentially dilutive shares (in shares) 0 0 345,372 0      
Impairment of other long-lived assets $ 0 $ 0 $ 0 $ 0      
Senior Notes Due 2020 [Member]              
Bond Premium/Discount on Senior Notes [Abstract]              
Amortization of bond premium 400,000 400,000 1,100,000 1,100,000      
Amortization of bond discount 500,000 $ 500,000 $ 1,500,000 $ 1,500,000      
Senior Unsecured Notes [Member] | Senior Notes Due 2020 [Member]              
Debt Issuance Costs [Abstract]              
Increase (decrease) of unamortized debt issuance costs           $ 10,000,000 $ 10,500,000
Bond Premium/Discount on Senior Notes [Abstract]              
Capitalized costs associated with bond premium/discount           $ 10,000,000 $ 10,500,000
Rate of Senior notes           8.00% 8.00%
Minimum [Member]              
Property, Plant and Equipment [Abstract]              
Property and equipment, estimated useful lives     3 years        
Maximum [Member]              
Property, Plant and Equipment [Abstract]              
Property and equipment, estimated useful lives     7 years        
Other Noncurrent Assets, Net [Member]              
Accounts Receivable, Net [Abstract]              
Accounts receivable         6,800,000    
Other Noncurrent Assets, Net [Member] | Revolving Credit Facility [Member]              
Debt Issuance Costs [Abstract]              
Increase (decrease) of unamortized debt issuance costs 1,100,000   $ 1,100,000   1,600,000    
Bond Premium/Discount on Senior Notes [Abstract]              
Capitalized costs associated with bond premium/discount $ 1,100,000   $ 1,100,000   $ 1,600,000    
Stock Options [Member]              
Income Taxes [Abstract]              
Potentially dilutive shares (in shares)     391,872        
Restricted Stock Awards [Member]              
Income Taxes [Abstract]              
Potentially dilutive shares (in shares)       1,790,617 1,978,651