North Dakota oil drillers shatter more records


North Dakota pumped a record 243 million barrels of crude in 2012, the Associated Press reports. That's more than 90 million barrels than the record set a year earlier.

The Jamestown Sun says North Dakota produced nearly 769,000 barrels a day in December following a rare dip in November. That's up 4.6 percent from the previous month and a new all-time high of 23.8 million barrels.

Bloomberg News notes production dropped 2.2 percent in November after a blizzard dumped 8 inches of snow on Williston.

North Dakota remains the second state in the U.S. for oil production behind Texas.

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North Dakota oil drillers set another production record

Records from the state's Department of Natural Resources show North Dakota produced 18.3 million barrels of crude in April -- up from 17.9 million barrels in March. Minnesota's western neighbor has surpassed Alaska to take the No. 2 slot among the states. Natural gas production also set a record in April.