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SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES - Supplemental Cash Flow Information (Details)

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SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES - Supplemental Cash Flow Information (Details) - USD ($)
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2018
Jun. 30, 2017
Supplemental Cash Items:    
Cash Paid During the Period for Interest $ 35,063,530 $ 30,634,506
Cash Paid During the Period for Income Taxes 0 0
Noncash Investing and Financing Items [Abstract]    
Oil and Natural Gas Properties Included in Accounts Payable 80,096,568 65,167,643
Capitalized Asset Retirement Obligations 593,381 862,911
Compensation Capitalized on Oil and Gas Properties 107,372 143,030
Issuance of Common Stock 279,314,160 0
Second Lien Notes due 2023    
Noncash Investing and Financing Items [Abstract]    
Issuance of 8.50% Second Lien Notes due 2023 344,279,000 0
Unsecured Senior Notes due 2020    
Noncash Investing and Financing Items [Abstract]    
8.00% Unsecured Senior Notes due 2020 - carrying value (543,683,185) 0
Oil and Gas Properties    
Noncash Investing and Financing Items [Abstract]    
Issuance of Common Stock $ 15,240,000 $ 0