- Associated Press - Friday, May 12, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s oil production remained above 1 million barrels per day in March for the second consecutive month.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.02 million barrels of oil daily in March, which was down slightly from February.

The February production was the first time since August that the state had topped 1 million barrels daily.

North Dakota also produced 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in March, up slightly from February.

The March tallies are the latest figures available.

There were 51 drill rigs operating in North Dakota on Friday, up five from the March average.

North Dakota first surpassed the million-barrel-per-day mark in April 2014 and set a production record in December 2014 at 1.22 million barrels daily.

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