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Published December 13, 2013, 01:58 PM

North Dakota oil production tops 940K barrels per day

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's top oil regulator says the state surpassed 941,000 barrels per day in production in October.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's top oil regulator says the state surpassed 941,000 barrels per day in production in October.

State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms says that's an all-time high, increasing by about 1 percent from September.

Helms released the preliminary October figures on Friday.

McKenzie County accounts for 29 percent of the state's production, and Helms says production there would have been 10,000 to 15,000 barrels per day higher if it weren't for heavy rains that forced the shutdown of some roads.

North Dakota's oil patch had a record 9,900 producing wells in October. The state is on pace to surpass 1 million barrels daily early in 2014.

North Dakota is the nation's No.2 oil producer behind Texas.

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