ND drillers set oil production record in August

Eloise Ogden/MDN North Dakota set production records for oil and natural gas in August. The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources released the most recent figures on Thursday.

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota regulators say drillers set a record for oil production in August.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.47 million barrels of oil daily in August. That’s up from the previous record of 1.44 million barrels a day in set in July.

North Dakota also produced a record 3 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in August, up from 2.9 billion cubic feet in July.

Statewide, companies flared 19 percent of all gas produced in August, which is well above the 12 percent target.

There were 15,942 wells producing in August, down a dozen from the record set in July. The August tallies are the latest figures available.

There were 60 drill rigs operating Thursday, down two from the August average.