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An oil pumping station is part of the Badlands landscape July 6, 2010, in western North Dakota. Forum Communications file photo

North Dakota tops Alaska in oil production, trailing only Texas

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North Dakota passed Alaska in March to become the second-leading state in crude oil production, trailing only Texas, according preliminary figures released Monday.

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North Dakota produced an average of 575,490 barrels of crude oil every day in March, another record, according to Lynn Helms, director of the state's Department of Mineral Resources. The crude is coming from a record 6,636 wells. In February, the state produced 558,255 barrels and had 6,450 wells.

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