North Dakota surpasses Alaska in oil production

Minnesota's western neighbor set another record in March to become the second-leading state in crude oil production. Texas is now the only state to produce more crude oil than North Dakota.
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Minnesota's western neighbor set another record in March to become the second-leading state in crude oil production. Texas is now the only state to produce more crude oil than North Dakota.

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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.

Delta Air Lines considers buying North Dakota oil

The Atlanta-based carrier is looking into using crude oil from western North Dakota to supply its new refinery in Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reports. Delta Air Lines bought the refinery near Philadelphia from Phillips 66 for $150 million in May with hopes of cutting fuel costs by making its own jet fuel.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kurt Bills says American farmers should be left alone, with less federal support, much like oil producers in western North Dakota. “My goal is to become North Dakota, not Washington, D.C.,” Bills said Wednesday, referring to that state’s oil boom that he said occurred with little government assistance. Bills is challenging Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who is seeking a second term. The two of them made their first joint appearance Wednesday.

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