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Oil production surges, but so does flaring


WILLISTON -- North Dakota oil production saw a 6.4 percent jump in July, but the percentage of natural gas that was flared also grew because of mechanical and electrical problems at two gas plants, officials said Friday.

North Dakota produced an average of 874,460 barrels of oil per day in July, another all-time high for the state, according to preliminary figures released by the Department of Mineral Resources.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.