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ND oil production reaches 1 million barrels daily

North Dakota Petroleum Council
North Dakota Petroleum Council

WILLISTON, ND (KFGO-AM) - North Dakota is now producing one million barrels of oil each day. The ND Department of Mineral Resources says the milestone was reached in April.

North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness says one million barrels equals about 75 percent of the nation’s average daily imports from Saudi Arabia. Ness says since North Dakota’s first Bakken well was drilled in 2006, reliance on oil imports has dropped 18.5 percent.

Only Alaska, California, Louisiana and Texas have also reached the million-barrel-a-day threshold.