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Update on North Dakota Oil Production

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40,000 more barrels of oil were produced in North Dakota's Bakken in February compared to January.

Director of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms thanks the nicer weather the state had in February.

However, Helms says it still was a short and cold month, which makes it difficult to drill and frac wells.

In February the Bakken produced close to 779,000 barrels a day.

"Based on our projections or our trends it's actually a little bit light from what we anticipated, we actually thought we would come in a little over 780,000," Lynn Helms said.

Because of winter storms which occurred in March, Helms expects March production will be down.

But once the snow finally melts, he expects production this summer to escalate.

"I anticipate June, July, August, September, October to see a big surge in production, with the rig count climbing back up to 198, with all the multi well pad drilling and the shortening of the time from spud to completion date I think we're going to see those middle five months of the year we'll see a big surge in production," Helms said.

Because of our recent snow, Helms expects road restrictions will last longer, and doesn't expect production to take off until May or June.

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