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N.D.’s No. 2 ranking surprises even Oil Patch

Published 05/16/2012, Grand Forks Herald

The numbers and their increase are tantalizing and surprising, even to the experts in North Dakota’s Oil Patch watching the crude flow day by day. On Monday, North Dakota’s chief regulator of the oil industry announced the latest figures available showed that in March the state produced another record, 17.84 million barrels of crude oil — 575,490 barrels each day — pumped out of a record 6,636 wells. That pushed North Dakota past Alaska into the No. 2 rank among oil-producing states.

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