By Nick Smith and the Bismarck Tribune
A milestone anticipated for several months has finally been reached, with North Dakota oil production inching over 1 million barrels per day.
Preliminary oil production figures released Tuesday by the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources put April production at 1,001,149 barrels per day — an increase of nearly 24,000 from the March tally of 977,178 barrels per day.
"Pretty unique territory," Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said. North Dakota joins Texas as the only states producing more than 1 million barrels of oil per day. Texas is producing just more than 2 million barrels per day. The Canadian province of Alberta and fewer than 20 countries worldwide have production of more than 1 million barrels per day.