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Spreadsheet error overstated oil production from Fort Berthold Reservation


BISMARCK - In October, mixed in with the heap of oil production numbers the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources churns out every month, was an important footnote: Oil production on the Fort Berthold Reservation had been grossly overstated as far back as 2012.

Department spokeswoman Alison Ritter said an internal audit in October discovered an error in a formula used in an Excel spreadsheet to break out production figures for the reservation.


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