ND oil drillers approach milestone

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Nov 16, 2013 at 6:28 am

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) North Dakota oil drillers are on pace to outdo last year's record crude production and are nearing a milestone of a million barrels of oil a day.

The state Industrial Commission says crude production in September totaled a record 931,940 barrels a day, or nearly 28 million barrels for the month.

Data show crude production through September totaled about 226 million barrels, just short of the record 243.1 million barrels produced in all of 2012.

September statistics are the latest available because oil production numbers typically lag at least two months.

Current drilling activity indicates the state likely surpassed last year's record sometime in October. Data show 185 rigs were drilling in North Dakota's oil patch on Friday, equal to the average daily rig count for the year.

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