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North Dakota oil output drops 70,000 barrels daily in April

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s oil production decreased by about 70,000 barrels a day in April.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.04 million barrels of oil daily in April. North Dakota’s production record was set in December 2014 at 1.22 million barrels daily.

North Dakota also produced 1.61 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in April, down from a record 1.71 billion cubic feet daily set in March.

The April tally is the latest figure available because oil production numbers typically lag at least two months.

There were 28 drill rigs operating in North Dakota’s oil patch on Wednesday — the lowest number since July 2005.

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