Oil and natural gas production in North Dakota, home to the Bakken Shale, slipped in October versus September.

Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) director Lynn Helms issued the monthly Director’s Cut on Friday, which provides information about all of the wells capable of producing, as well as permit activity.

Natural gas production in October averaged 2.99 Bcf/d, according to DMR. This compares to 3.02 Bcf/d in the previous month. The decline in natural gas was higher than oil “which is a little unusual,” Helms said.

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