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ND oil production shoots up 1.4 percent in July

Pumping units work near Williston in June 2016. Amy Dalrymple / Forum News Service file photo

BISMARCK -- North Dakota oil production increased 1.4 percent in July to an average of nearly 1.05 million barrels per day, the Department of Mineral Resources said Friday.

The state has 56 drilling rigs operating, compared with 34 at this time last year and 71 at this time two years ago.

North Dakota had 13,981 producing oil and gas wells in July, a new record for the state.

An estimated 889 wells had been drilled but were waiting on hydraulic fracturing crews at the end of July, an increase of 34 from the previous month.

Natural gas production increased 1.35 percent to an average of nearly 1.88 billion cubic feet per day, according to the preliminary figures.

The percentage of natural gas flared in July remained at 12 percent, the same as the previous month.