North Dakota oil output tops 800,000 bpd in May

Reuters: Oil production in North Dakota topped 800,000 barrels per day for the first time ever in May, the state regulator said on Monday, adding that output this summer will exceed earlier expectations as firms clear a backlog of wells waiting to be fracked. The state's Department of Mineral Resources said preliminary output figures in May rose 2 percent - or 16,277 barrels per day (bpd) - hitting a record 810,129 bpd even as record rainfall for the month impeded new drilling. Lynn Helms, director......

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