- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources says the state’s oil production decreased by about 9,850 barrels a day in March.

The agency says the state produced an average of 1.09 million barrels of oil daily in March. North Dakota’s production record was set in December 2014 at 1.22 million barrels daily.

North Dakota also produced a record 1.70 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in March, up from 1.68 billion cubic feet daily in February.

The March tally is the latest figure available because oil production numbers typically lag at least two months.

There were 27 drill rigs operating in North Dakota’s oil patch on Thursday - the lowest number since July 2005.

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