A big surprise in the October oil production numbers -- North Dakota's oil production is back over one million barrels a day.
The count was 1,043,207 barrels per day -- up from 971,760 in Sepetember.
"That's a 7 1/2 increase," said state Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms at his monthly "Director's Cut" briefing. Helms attributed the increase to better oil prices.
"The oil price in October went above $40 a barrel for the first time since june, 2015," Helms said. "For the first time in 18 months, we saw sustained plus-$40 prices for North Dakota sweet crude."