WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota is now producing 1 million barrels of oil per day, with a large part of the credit due to the rich Bakken shale formation in the western part of the state.
The state's Department of Mineral Resources on Tuesday released the April production numbers that show the oil fields' record level. In March, the state produced 977,000 barrels per day.
It joins Texas, Alaska, California and Louisiana as the only states ever to produce more than a million barrels per day.
The Bakken and the Three Forks formation below it account for the vast majority of North Dakota's production. Experts knew the Bakken held millions of barrels of crude, but it wasn't until oil prices reached record levels that the technology was developed to extract it.
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