WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Oil production in North Dakota and Montana's Bakken and Three Forks formations will average 1.1 million barrels per day this year, according to estimates announced this week by a research firm.

Wood Mackenzie anticipates that oil production in the North Dakota and Montana sections of the Bakken and Three Forks formations will grow to 1.7 million barrels per day in 2020.

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By Michael Bastasch

There’s a reason why Texas Gov. Rick Perry is always telling businesses to move to his state: it’s in the middle of a massive oil boom.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Lone Star State now produced nearly 35 percent of the country’s crude oil in 2013. EIA data shows that Texas oil production averaged more than 2.8 million barrels per day in January 2014. Last year, oil production in Texas actually exceeded the production levels from federal offshore drilling areas.

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The oil-rich city of Williston continues to be the fastest-growing micropolitan area in the United States, according to Census Bureau estimates.

By Josh Wood, Associated Press

Williston, N.D.

The oil-rich city of Williston continues to be the fastest-growing micropolitan area in the United States, according to Census Bureau estimates.

It is the third year in a row the northwestern North Dakota town has held the distinction. Micropolitan refers to an area with a population of more than 10,000 but fewer than 50,000.

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