Wet weather in June hurts oil production numbers

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Bismarck, ND – Rain in June slowed down oil production in our state.

North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources announced its June production numbers Thursday. After setting record numbers in May, June dropped slightly.

The state was expecting another record, but storms hurt its chances. The Department of Mineral Resources said storms can slow down transportation. For example, in July, the Watford City tornado shut down all county roads for three days.

“I only know the numbers for one operator. But one operator in particular who is very active in McKenzie County had to shut in 20,000 barrels of oil a day,” Director of the Department of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms said.

With drier weather lately, experts predict production to start increasing again.

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