January Director's Cut

BISMARCK, N.D. - January struck a new all-time high for North Dakota with gas production at 2.7 million cubic feet per day.

It was just one of the main talking points at the Department of Mineral Resources during the director's cut Friday.

The other was a new project in Richardton.

Department of Mineral Resources director Lynn Helms says he's excited about the Red Trail Energy Carbon Capture Project. It would be the first in the United States, and will capture CO2 emissions to store underground.

“The next stage will be to drill a well, and to take a look at the broom creek formation and then probably drill a monitoring well and hopefully by early next year there will be carbon captured and stored at Red Trail,” said Helms.

As for oil, companies are proposing by the end of the year to add more drilling rigs because an up-tick in crude oil prices.