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Published March 23, 2013, 11:04 AM

January weather causes drop in North Dakota oil production

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A winter storm and subzero temperatures contributed to a 4.2 percent drop in North Dakota oil production in January.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A winter storm and subzero temperatures contributed to a 4.2 percent drop in North Dakota oil production in January.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of about 738,000 barrels of oil per day in January, down from a record 770,000 barrels in December.

Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms tells The Forum newspaper (http://bit.ly/Xv5yio ) that it is "a very significant drop in production." But he says he expects monthly production to go up and down through May. He says starting in June, North Dakota should again see consistent increases in monthly oil production.

North Dakota is the nation's second-leading oil-producing state, behind Texas.

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