North Dakota oil production hits 1 million barrels per day
Williston, ND - North Dakota has surpassed the much-anticipated milestone of producing 1 million barrels of oil per day.
The state produced an average of 1,001,149 barrels per day in April, according to preliminary figures released by the state Tuesday.
North Dakota has been hovering around that milestone for several months, but difficult winter weather slowed production and delayed hitting the mark until spring.
Director of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms projects that North Dakota oil production will hit 1.5 million barrels per day in 2017, under his peak projection.
Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm said last month during the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference that he expects North Dakota will eventually hit 2 million barrels per day.
North Dakota is the second-highest oil-producing state, trailing only Texas.
Daily oil production in Texas is approaching 3 million barrels per day. The state produced an average of 2,968,000 barrels per day in March, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The North Dakota Petroleum Council is holding a 1 million barrel celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 in Tioga.