North Dakota might be producing more oil than OPEC member Ecuador

The Bemidji Pioneer says North Dakota was filling nearly as many barrels as the country of Ecuador was last month, and it may have already surpassed it. And experts say production will continue to ramp up -- fast.
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The Bemidji Pioneer says North Dakota was filling nearly as many barrels as the country of Ecuador was last month, and it may have already surpassed it. And experts say production will continue to ramp up -- fast.

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