The monthly “Director’s Cut,” featuring December oil and gas production numbers, was released on Valentine’s Day.
"Unfortunately, not a lot of candy and roses in the report," North Dakota Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms told reporters. "It's a bit of a downer."
In December, the state produced 1,475,685 barrels of oil a day. One month earlier, the state set a record for production -- 1,519,037 barrels a day.
"We saw about a 3 percent drop," Helms said.