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Oil Production Up Slightly, But Misses Million Barrel Mark

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February's oil production numbers are in, and up 16,000 barrels per day from January. But the industry says there will be greater increases in production as we head in to the summer months.

The Department of Mineral Resources says, production in February remained low because of poor weather conditions. Flaring remained at the same rate of 36 percent from January.

The main reason was the Tioga Gas plant finished updating their systems. The DMR expects the percentage of gas flared to decrease as the gas plant gets back to full processing capacity.

"It was not unusual to have 50,000 to 70,000 barrels per day increases and once we get through the wet part of the spring, and really get into summer weather, we're expecting two to three months back to back of those kind of production increases," says Lynn Helms of the Department of Mineral Resources.

The department says the poor weather conditions delayed hitting the million barrels of oil produced per day mark, but they expect to reach it in the next few months.

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