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Looking northwest at the Bernice 1 and 2 wells and oil storage tanks on the Evanson family farm in McKenzie County, North Dakota, east of Arnegard and west of Watford City. (Image: Tim Evanson via Flickr)
Looking northwest at the Bernice 1 and 2 wells and oil storage tanks on the Evanson family farm in McKenzie County, North Dakota, east of Arnegard and west of Watford City. (Image: Tim Evanson via Flickr)

North Dakota oil output rises slightly in November

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources says the state’s oil production increased by about 5,200 barrels a day in November, while natural gas production rose to a record level.

The agency says the state produced an average of 1.17 million barrels of oil daily in November. The November production was about 51,200 barrels per day less than the record set in December 2014.

North Dakota also produced 1.66 million cubic feet of natural gas in November, beating the previous record set in July.

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

There were 49 drill rigs operating in North Dakota’s oil patch on Friday. That’s down 15 rigs from November.

In related news, Fewer Bakken rigs, fewer oil worker deaths.

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