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Oil and gas production in North Dakota scores in August – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Oil and gas production in North Dakota scores in August – Minneapolis Star Tribune

North Dakota produced record levels of both oil and gas in August, after registering the largest number of sources that were registered, officials said Friday.

North Dakota, the second largest US oil producing state behind Texas, produced 40 million barrels of oil in August. That is "a highest point ever" and 1.7 percent larger than in July, said Lynn Helms, director of North Dakota's mineral resources.

Gas production in August rose by 1.8 percent and reached a record of 75.6 million cubic feet.

"There is a lot of good news to talk about," Helms said.

The number of active oil resources in the state rose to a record of 15.103 in August. "We never produced 15,000 wells or produced 40 million barrels of oil," says Helms.

While the production figures made an impression, other problems fell in the wings.

North Dakota continued to produce more gas than it could handle, forcing some producers to burn excess gas or to limit their total oil and gas production in an attempt to comply with new state laws that limit how much gas can be burned in a process known as " flaring ".

Separately, the labor shortage continued to bully at companies trying to set up new wells and gas processing factories in the state.

The new gas station Little Missouri Four near Watford City, N.D., should come online next month, but the opening is delayed. The $ 150 million plant is expected to help accelerate gas processing, so that excess natural gas should not be burnt down.

"It's a personnel problem," Helms said. "They could only get about 40 percent of the pipe fitters and welders they needed, so they'll stay behind for six months."

Helms said the dig of Count Northota rose from 61 in August to 65 in September to 67 today. State officials said they wanted to see that number rise to 70 by the end of the year. Nevertheless, such figures have reached far below the highest of 218 in May 2012.

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