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ND oil, gas production holds steady in January

North Dakota gas and oil production remained relatively flat in January as 2,160 wells sat idle.

The state's gas wells produced 64.1 Bcf in the month, or 2.1 Bcf/d, according to preliminary figures released by the Industrial Commission. December 2017's adjusted total was 64.6 Bcf, or 2.1 Bcf/d.

On a preliminary basis, oil production was 36.4 million barrels, or 1.2 MMbbl/d. For December 2017, adjusted oil production amounted to 36.7 MMbbl, or 1.2 MMbbl/d.

The state's leading gas-producing county in January was McKenzie, with 33.2 Bcf. Williams County was next, at 11.3 Bcf. McKenzie was also the biggest oil producer in January, with 15.1 MMbbl produced. The second-leading oil county was Mountrail, with 6.8 MMbbl.

Of the 16,473 wells capable of production in January, 14,313 wells were actually in use.