North Dakota February oil production sets record

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Department of Mineral Resources says North Dakota pumped a record number of barrels of oil daily in February.

Preliminary figures show the state produced an average of about 779,000 barrels per day in February. That’s up from about 738,000 barrels daily in January and about 20,000 more barrels daily than the previous record set in December.

The agency says the number of production wells increased from 8,342 in January to 8,492 in February.

The February tally is the latest figure available because oil production numbers typically lag at least two months.