North Dakota 2010 Oil Production Surges

Printer Friendly Version

North Dakota, which some industry analysts and experts have speculated could one day be the second-largest oil producing behind Texas, produced 113 million barrels of oil last year, a record for the state. That beat the previous record set in 2009 by an impressive 33 million barrels.

The state set production records almost monthly in 2010, jumping from an average of 236,200 barrels daily in January to nearly 343,900 in December, according to the Associated Press. November was the top month for North Dakota's oil production with an average of 356,505 barrels a day and 10.7 million barrels for the month.

There are now nearly 170 rigs operating in the state compared to 94 at this time last year. Oil production in North Dakota has boomed with the development of the Bakken and Three Forks formations in the western part of the state, according to the AP. Extreme temperatures this winter have hampered the state's oil output.

North Dakota produced 113 billion cubic feet of natural gas last year, also a record and up from 92.4 billion cubic feet in 2009.

Archives:200920102011201220132014