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N.D. oil production up, but not 1 million barrels yet

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WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota oil production increased 2.6 percent in March to 977,051 barrels of oil per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Tuesday.

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The preliminary figure represents another all-time high for North Dakota as the state climbs toward the milestone of producing 1 million barrels of oil per day.

Weather continued to affect oil production in March, with some temperatures well below zero, several days with winds too high for some crews to operate and a snowstorm on the final day of the month, Director Lynn Helms said in his monthly update.

Natural gas flaring fell from 36 percent to 33 percent in March, largely because the Hess Corp. gas plant in Tioga was beginning to come online that month, Helms said. About 50 wells continued to be shut down in March to minimize flaring as the gas plant transitioned to an expanded plant.

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