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DMR report covers oil numbers, Washington

N.D. Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms reported on the latest numbers available from the agency this week which include final numbers on oil production from March 2013. Production was up slightly from the previous month at about 4,000 barrels per day, and natural gas flaring remained steady at 29 percent. Helms also reported on his trip last week to Washington, D.C., where he met with federal legislators on Keystone XL and hydraulic fracturing regulations. Helms told the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology that North Dakota would have up to 500 fewer semi trips every day if the Keystone XL pipeline existed. A new rule on hydraulic fracturing proposed by the Bureau of Land Management was also on the agenda, as Helms reported that if approved, it could double the time it takes to get a drilling permit on federal lands. Currently it takes 20-30 days for a permit on state and private lands in North Dakota, compared to 180-290 days on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Read the story in the Grand Forks Herald.

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