North Dakota oil production inches up, but is the state falling behind?
June 15, 2021
North Dakota's oil output rose a bit in April, but the state is in danger of losing its status as the nation's second largest oil producer to New Mexico.
In 2012, after the shale oil boom, North Dakota moved into the No. 2 spot after Texas, supplanting Alaska. It has been there ever since.
"At best we are in a foot race with New Mexico. At worst they have displaced us as second," Lynn Helms, North Dakota's mineral resources director told reporters Monday. "New Mexico is coming on like gangbusters."