North Dakota Oil, Gas Producers Set New Records In May

North Dakota has reached new records in both oil and gas production, the state’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) said July 13. 

The state, where the core of the Bakken/Three Forks play is located, produced roughly 1.2 million barrels per day of oil in May—an increase of about 17,000 barrels from the last record set in December 2014, according to preliminary data released by the oil and gas division of the North Dakota DMR.

“This is a very encouraging time for North Dakota as oil and gas operators and service companies have developed drilling rigs that are twice as efficient as they were in 2014 to drill and complete permitted wells,” Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota DMR, said in a statement. “Closing the gap between current wells producing and the wells capable of producing will add to 2018 production numbers so we should continue to reach new highs.”