Oil production decline in February

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Oil production in North Dakota dropped by four million barrels between January and February.

The Department of Mineral Resources says bad weather likely contributed.

And while prices had been falling steadily, they spiked up this month.

"Throughout the rest of 2018 they are actually anticipating a slight downward trend in oil pricing in the U.S. before supply and demand starts to shift prices higher in 2019 and beyond," said Justin Kringstad, ND Pipeline Authority director.

The latest director's cut indicates the state now captures 88 percent of natural gas, setting a new record as of February.