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June 18, 2014

North Dakota now pumping a million barrels of oil a day

  • One analyst says North Dakota could be an OPEC country of its own, with about the production of Ecuador.
    Associated Press

    WILLISTON, N.D. — North Dakota has joined the ranks of the few places in the world that produce more than a million barrels of oil per day, due in large part to the rich Bakken shale formation in the western part of the state.

    The April figures released Tuesday by the state's Department of Mineral Resources showed the record tally. North Dakota had flirted with the million-barrel-per-day mark for months, but the harsh winter slowed the pace. In March, production had hit 977,000 barrels per day.

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