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Black Ridge Oil & Gas Announces New $10 Million Credit Facility

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Company Now Participating in 2 Net Wells

MINNETONKA, Minn., April 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Black Ridge Oil & Gas, Inc. (formerly known as Ante5, Inc.) (OTCBB:ANFC) today announced that it has closed on a new $10 million credit facility with Dougherty Funding, LLC. The facility will be used to retire existing debt and fund development costs in the Bakken and Three Forks shale plays.

"We are excited to partner with Dougherty Funding," said Ken DeCubellis, Chief Executive Officer of Black Ridge Oil and Gas. "The closing of this new facility is another significant milestone for our Company that substantially reduces our cost of capital. Black Ridge's net well position has grown by 180% since the third quarter of 2011 and by 57% since the end of 2011, which demonstrates the accelerating level of drilling activity across our acreage position," DeCubellis added. "The new facility provides the Company with the opportunity to cost effectively drive cash flow growth and create additional value for our shareholders."

The credit facility bears annual interest costs between 9.0 and 9.5% and is available to be drawn as needed following the initial funding up to $10 million. The facility has a first priority lien on the Company's assets and matures on March 31, 2014.

About the Company

Black Ridge Oil & Gas is an oil and gas exploration and production company based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Black Ridge's focus is exclusive to the Williston Basin Bakken and Three Forks trend in North Dakota and Montana. Black Ridge Oil & Gas controls approximately 20,000 net Bakken and/or Three Forks acres. For additional information, visit the Company's website at

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