October Rain to Have Long Term Impact on Oil Production - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

October Rain to Have Long Term Impact on Oil Production

Bismarck, ND -

A few days of rain could impact the oil industry for months.

That's according to Director of Mineral Resources, Lynn Helms.

County roads in McKenzie County are shutdown because of the rain.

This is halting trucks used in rig moves, fracking and well completions.

Helms says he expects the shutdown of roads to have a 10% impact on October's production numbers.

He says oil companies have lost 10% of their working days in the largest oil producing county.

"There will be a lingering effect all through the year, because this is a prime time of year to move large earth moving equipment and build pads and roads for winter drilling. So not just possible 10% slow down in wells completed and production in McKenzie County it will linger through winter and year," says Helms.

Oil production has hit a milestone, exceeding the 900,000 barrels a day mark.

North Dakota produced an average of 911,000 barrels a day in August.

Helms says, "just as a reminder, it was just in May that we hit 800,000 barrels a day. So three months down the road -- June, July and August -- and we broke through 900,000. I think that tells us that late this year, probably end of this year or very early next year, we'll see a million barrels a day."

Natural gas also hit a milestone, producing more than 1 million cubic feet a day.

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