North Dakota oil production up 7 percent

AMY DALRYMPLE Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota oil production increased 7 percent in October to an average of nearly 1.2 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Friday.

The increase of more than 78,000 barrels a day is the largest month-over-month oil production increase the state has ever recorded, said Director Lynn Helms.

“It’s an indicator of the strength behind the industry,” he said.

Natural gas production increased 6 percent and surpassed 2 billion cubic feet per day for the first time ever, according to preliminary figures.