Natural gas production in North Dakota swelled by 9.7% in June versus May to 3.06 Bcf/d, while oil production rose 3.5% to 1.1 million b/d, according to the latest figures from the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC).


The increases reflect a full recovery from disruptions caused by April snowstorms, as well as strong market fundamentals driving a slow-but-steady activity increase, according to the state’s top oil and gas regulator.

The state saw “good healthy activity in July” as well, said NDIC’s Lynn Helms, Oil and Gas Division director, though official figures for that month won’t be available until September.

The North Dakota Light Sweet oil price averaged $111.35/bbl in June; the price had fallen to $88.25 as of Tuesday. Helms attributed the price drop to