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Published May 24, 2012, 10:10 PM

ND official clarifies population estimate statement

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) - North Dakota's director of Mineral Resources is clearing up information about the state's population boom.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

North Dakota's director of Mineral Resources is clearing up information about the state's population boom. Lynn Helms was quoted yesterday as saying the population could hit one-million people by 2015. Realistically he says that's not possible until 2025 or 2030.

Helms say rather, the state could hit one-million barrels of oil a day by 2015, not people. The state is currently producing about 575,000 barrels a day.

Lynn Helms – ND Directory of Mineral Resources: “Our policy makers need to be envisioning what our state should look like in that time when we reach that.”

The 2011 population was estimated at just more than 680,000.

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