North Dakota passes Alaska in oil productionJuly 27, 2012
From the Alaska Journal of Commerce:
North Dakota has passed Alaska to become the second-leading oil-producing state in the nation, trailing only Texas.
Assistant State Mineral Resources Director Bruce Hicks says North Dakota oil drillers pumped 17.8 million barrels in March, with a daily average of 575,490 barrels.
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission statistician Steve McMains says that state pumped 17.5 million barrels in March, with a daily average of 567,480 barrels.
McMains says Alaska’s oil production has slipped about 15 million barrels a year since 2008.
North Dakota was the ninth-largest oil-producing state just six years ago, but the state’s oil production has nearly quadrupled since March 2007.
North Dakota passed California in January as the third-largest oil-producing state in the nation.
Tip of the hat to James Coan at the FuelFix blog, who posted this item today, and adds: “Now that North Dakota has overtaken Alaska in oil production, it can learn a lot from how Alaska handled the flood of wealth that comes with an oil boom. Both states have populations of about 700,000 and face similar sustainability challenges.”