US Oil Production at Highest Level Since 1998

From The Dickinson Press

North Dakota oil production has helped lift U.S. monthly oil production to the highest level since 1998.

The Energy Information Administration said Tuesday that U.S. crude oil production averaged nearly 6.5 million barrels per day in September, the highest volume in nearly 15 years.

The last time the United States produced 6.5 million barrels per day or more was in January of 1998, the EIA reported.

Since September 2011, U.S. production has increased by more than 900,000 barrels per day, thanks to the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, according to the EIA.

Texas and North Dakota saw the largest oil production increases.

In March, North Dakota surpassed Alaska to become the No. 2 oil producing state. North Dakota produced a record 728,494 barrels of oil per day in September, according to preliminary numbers from the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources.

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