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Divide County Oil Growth Continues

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Our Eye on Energy tonight takes us to Divide County.

They are number five when it comes to production -- but get on the roads and it might feel like that ranking is a little low.

Four other oil producing counties in North Dakota outpace Divide when it comes to output, but a by product produced in the drilling process is adding trucks to the roads there.

Doug Graupe is a County Commissioner in Divide County.

He says for every barrel of oil that comes up, double the amount of salt water is produced.

That means more trucks on the road.

 (Doug Graupe - Divide County Commissioner) "We are producing about 1.1 million barrels per month and that is about 2.2 million barrels of salt water and we have more than 80 gravel pits and the gravel is leaving our county. Even though we are number five, we feel that we have traffic that is equal to a number two or number three as far as a county." 

Graupe says the county will look to the state during the next legislative session to try and get more help in reconstructing the highways that have taken a severe beating from the truck traffic.

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