Triple crown: ND oilfields set 3 new records for May

As oil production hit 1,244,629 bbl/day in May, natural gas production hit almost 2.32 billion cubic feet per day, with producing wells at 14,755 for the month — all new state records.

Lynn Helms, director of the state Department of Mineral Resources, said Friday that May’s numbers “really shattered the old record” set in December 2014, by about 17,000 daily barrels, or about a 1.4 percent increase.

North Dakota’s gas production in May also surpassed 70 billion cubic feet — a first in state history for a month, according to Helms.

In a statement, Gov. Doug Burgum lauded the new oil record: “This milestone is a testament to the tremendous private-sector innovation and investment made by oil and gas operators committed to finding better and more efficient ways of drilling.”