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Associated Press, Published May 25 2013

North Dakota oil production continues record pace

BISMARCK — The Department of Mineral Resources says North Dakota oil drillers continue to pump crude at a record pace.

The agency says the state produced an average of about 782,000 barrels per day in March. That's more than double the amount of barrels produced for the same month in 2011.

The agency says there were 8,634 producing wells in March. That's up from 5,439 wells in March 2011.

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

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