ND oil production steadily on the rise

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s oil production continues to rise with 1.39 million barrels of oil a day produced in March, the most recent figures released. In February, the state produced 1.33 million barrels of oil a day.

The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources released the state’s recent oil and gas production numbers on Wednesday.

Natural gas production reached another new all-time high of (preliminary) 2.80 billion cubic feet a day.

The state has 15,353 (preliminary) producing wells.

The price of North Dakota Sweet Light crude was $50.50 a barrel on Wednesday and West Texas Intermediate, $61.78 a barrel, according to Flint Hills Resources.

On Wednesday, 65 rigs were actively drilling in the North Dakota oil patch.

Fort Berthold Reservation produced 302,835 barrels of oil a day. The reservation has 15 rigs actively drilling, 133 wells waiting on completion and 455 drilling permits approved, according to the report by Lynn Helms, director of the Mineral Resources Department.