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The “Director’s Cut” report on oil and gas production for June in North Dakota is a mixed bag.

State mineral resources director Lynn Helms said oil and natural gas production in North Dakota set a new record.

"We had a two percent increase in oil production, and a two percent increase in natural gas production -- both of them new all-time highs," Helms said. "Oil production jumped by 30,000 barrels per day, to 1,425,000 barrels a day. And with the associated gas, another record."

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A new record for North Dakota oil production.

State mineral resources director Lynn Helms made that announcement Friday during his monthly "Director's Cut" briefing. The numbers come from July production.

"We're at 1.27 million barrels a day," Helms said. "To be exact, 1,269,366 barrels per day – a new all-time high."

Helms says the state also set a record in natural gas production – up 4.3 percent from the previous record.

ND 'shatters' daily oil and gas production records

Jul 14, 2018
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North Dakota mineral resources director Lynn Helms called Friday's "Director's Cut" briefing "one of the most encouraging reports we've had in over three years."

The reason: in May, North Dakota hit a new daily oil production record, at 1,244,629 barrels a day.

"We didn't just set a new record, we shattered the old record," Helms said. "17,000 barrels a day more than the previous record, in December of 2014."

ND Oil production dips slightly in December

Feb 16, 2018
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Daily oil production in North Dakota dropped slightly in December, compared with November.

"We saw a 1.4 percent drop," said state Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms at his monthly "Director's Cut" briefing. "We lost about 16,000 barrels a day statewide."

The numbers: December production was 1,181,319 barrels a day. In November, the number was 1,196,976.

Helms said the weather had a lot to do with the drop.

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For his monthly "Director's Cut" production report -- which reflects November production -- state mineral resources director Lynn Helms was upbeat.

"(It's) probably the most optimistic outlook we've had in a year or so," Helms told reporters.

In November, the state produced 1,194, 120 barrels of oil a day. The state’s all time high was 1,227,483 a day. That record was set in December, 2014.

"Sometime in the first half of this year, we should break that record and start setting record production again," Helms said.

The president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council said he welcomes the US Geological Survey’s plans to conduct a comprehensive, broad-based resource estimate for the Williston Basin.

Ron Ness said when the USGS did a similar study in 2013, the estimate of recoverable oil at that time from the Bakken and Three Forks formations more than doubled, from 3.6 billion barrels to 7.4 billion barrels.

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