Shale gas and oil production soaring in 2013

Oil production in North Dakota soared to a record 24.6 million barrels in June, a 24 percent jump from a year earlier, according to a report released this week by the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources.

The preliminary data shows that the Bakken Shale is still booming, allowing North Dakota to zoom past Alaska to become the nation’s second biggest oil producer. North Dakota produced more oil in June than it did in the entire first half of 2007, as the oil boom started.

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North Dakota production still is dwarfed by oil activity in Texas,which has been churning out twice as many barrels of crude oil each month. In May, the most recent month for which data is available, the nation’s top oil producer pumped about 52.2 million barrels of crude, a 7 percent jump from a year earlier.

Production in other shale regions is impressing energy experts, too. Research firm Bentek estimates that shale gas production in Pennsylvania and West Virginia has jumped 50 percent compared to last year, according to The Associated Press.

Marcellus Shale production “has definitely outpaced our expectations” this year,  Bentek energy analyst Diana Oswald told the Associated Press.

Here’s a look at how oil production has changed in the nation’s top oil producing states:

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