- The Washington Times - Friday, June 20, 2014

North Dakota’s Bakken oil boom has reached a new high: 1 million barrels of oil per day.

The state’s Department of Mineral Resources released its latest figures Wednesday, which showed that the milestone was reached in April.

“Reaching the 1 million barrel a day mark is a tremendous and timely milestone for the petroleum industry and our state, but it is also a tremendous milestone for our nation,” Sen. John Hoeven, a Republican, said in a statement, citing the need for the United States to build its domestic energy resources, the Associated Press reported.

Reaching such a level of oil production has been historically rare in the United States. Before North Dakota exploded into the energy market, only Alaska, California, Louisiana and Texas have reached the million mark. Texas is the only state of the four which continues producing a million barrels a day.

“Until April, only Texas, one Canadian province and 19 countries were producing 1 million barrels per day, putting North Dakota among the top oil producers in the entire world,” said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, an oil lobbying group, AP reported.

North Dakota’s oil output now represents 12 percent of all U.S. oil production, according to AP.