New records set in oil and natural gas production

The Department of Mineral Resources says new records were set in October for oil and natural gas production.

Natural gas reached more than two billion cubic feet per day. Oil production also grew by more than 78,000 barrels a day from September to October, the largest month-to-month increase ever. Producing wells also hit an all-time high at 14,250.

"It's an indicator of the strength behind the industry and the number of drilling rigs and frack crews that are working,” said Lynn Helms, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources.

Justin Kringstad of the state Pipeline Authority says from June to October, the state brought in $43.5 million more in state revenue because of the Dakota Access Pipeline compared to the same time period last year.