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The Second largest oil-producing state? North Dakota

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Texas is by far the largest oil-producing state in the United States, but number two?

North Dakota, Is the nation’s second-largest oil-producing state, Produced 1.42 million barrels of oil per day, a rise of 2% over May, according to data released Thursday by the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources

The Bakken boom has propelled North Dakota into the top ranks of oil-producing states. As recently as 2007, North Dakota ranked 8th among the states in oil production. In 2008, the state overtook Wyoming and New Mexico; in 2009 it outproduced Louisiana and Oklahoma. North Dakota surpassed California in oil production in December 2011, then in March 2012 overtook Alaska, to become the number two oil-producing state in the country.

The state’s natural gas output in June stood at 2.88 million MCF per day, also up 2% over May. An MCF is 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas.

During the Boom days, North Dakota had 212 rigs at its peak. now the state averages around 60 rigs.

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