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Statement from Congressman Rick Berg on North Dakota Becoming Second-Leading State in Oil Production


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"Today's report that North Dakota is now second only to Texas in crude oil production is further proof that North Dakota's energy policies work. Our common sense, all-of-the-above approach to energy production is helping to end our country's dependency on foreign oil while also creating jobs.

"If the President looked to North Dakota, he would understand the benefits of a long-term, national energy plan that encourages investment in our own natural resources. The President would understand that to create good American jobs and break our dependence on foreign oil, America should look to increase energy production within our own borders. That means putting an end to the out-of-touch regulations. It means approving job-creating projects, like the Keystone XL pipeline.

"North Dakota's current daily production of 575,000-plus barrels of crude oil would account for 100,000 barrels of oil per day into the Keystone XL pipeline, which would take up to 500 trucks per day off the roads of western North Dakota."

In 2006, North Dakota ranked behind seven other states in crude oil production. As of March 2012, the state ranks second only to Texas, producing an average of 575,490 barrels of crude oil per day from 6,636 different wells.

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