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North Dakota sees lower oil, gas production in November 2018

North Dakota oil and gas production declined slightly in November 2018 as 2,232 wells sat idle.

Gas producers reported 75.7 Bcf in the month, or 2.52 Bcf/d, according to preliminary figures released by the Industrial Commission. That was down from October 2018's adjusted total of 79.4 Bcf, or 2.56 Bcf/d.

On a preliminary basis, oil production was 41.3 million barrels, or 1.38 MMbbl/d. For October 2018, the state recorded adjusted oil production of 43.2 MMbbl, or 1.39 MMbbl/d.

The top-producing county for gas in November 2018 was McKenzie, with 37.4 Bcf. Williams County came in second at 13.7 Bcf. McKenzie was also the top oil producer in November 2018, with 16.2 MMbbl produced. The second-leading oil county was Mountrail, with 8.1 MMbbl.

Of the 17,469 wells capable of production in November 2018, 15,237 wells were actually in use.