BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An analysis by The Associated Press finds
North Dakota's oil patch is on pace to shatter last year's production record by about 30 million barrels.
State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms confirms the state surpassed its 2009 record production of 79.7 million barrels this
month. He says the state should end the year with about 110 million
barrels of oil.
Steven Grape with the Energy Information Administration says North Dakota's oil patch accounts for about 6 percent of total U.S. crude oil production. That's grown from about 1 percent less than three years ago.
Helms says more than 95 percent of the rigs drilling in North Dakota are aiming at the rich Bakken shale and Three Forks-Sanish oil reservoirs in the western part of the state.
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