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ND oil production drops slightly in December

Eloise Ogden/MDN North Dakota’s oil production dipped slightly in December.

BISMARCK – Oil production in North Dakota in December declined slightly, according to state officials on Friday.

The December oil and gas production statistics are the most recent numbers available. The numbers normally are about two months behind.

Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources in Bismarck, reported the state pumped out 1.47 million barrels of oil a day in December compared to 1.51 million barrels a day in November.

The state also produced 94.8 billion cubic feet of natural gas in December. In November the state produced 94 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

As of Friday, 56 rigs were actively working in the oil patch in North Dakota.

Industry projects a rig count in the mid-50’s for all of 2020, according to Helms.

In the state there are 15,979 producing wells (preliminary numbers). The all-time high was in November when the state had 16,110 producing wells.

Oil production on the Fort Berthold Reservation totaled 369,099 barrels of oil. Eleven rigs were drilling on the reservation and there are 2,369 active wells. The reservation has a potential of 4,183 future wells.

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