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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.

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