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ND Oil Production Decrease- First Time Since Jan. 2012

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North Dakota is seeing it's first decrease in oil production since January 2012.

Every month since then we have set a new high record, up until this past December.

Oil production dropped 5.5%, that's 53,000 barrels a day, from November to December.

Gas production dropped 9%.

The state wide rig count from December is also down 15%.

Today we have 185 oil rigs in North Dakota, the highest was 218 in May 2012.

"Really the big story in December was the weather. We had a significant number of days where we saw 21 to 31 degrees below zero. We had 4 big snow events across the northern and central part of the state...so they just simply can't pump hydraulic fracturing jobs when we are 31 degrees below zero," Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said.

Helms says 635 wells are waiting for fracturing, that's 125 more than we had a month ago.

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