BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota has set a state oil production record.
The state Industrial Commission reports that North Dakota oil wells pumped an average of 150,578 barrels a day in April.
The previous high of 147,774 barrels a day was set in August 1984.
North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness says North Dakota may soon move from eighth to seventh among oil-producing states.
The production increase is from drilling in the Bakken shale rock formation in western North Dakota.
A recent report says the Bakken may have as much as 4.3 billion barrels of oil that can be recovered using today's technology.