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A line of pumpjacks sits at a staging area along N.D. Highway 5 west of Bottineau and the Turtle Mountains. By the numbers

No stopping the oil boom in 2011

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Bismarck, ND 58506-5516 701-223-2500 Bakken Weekly is produced

by the Bismarck Tribune and distributed throughout the Williston Basin.

Bismarck Tribune staff By every measure, the oil boom dom-

inated North Dakota’s economic activity in 2011, making it yet another year for the books. As of the end of October, the last re-

porting quarter, old records fell and new oil production records continued to be set, just as they have every reporting quarter for the past three years. ■ 13.9 million — The number of bar-

rels of oil being produced each month in North Dakota as of October. That’s nearly 500,000 barrels a day.

est oil producing state in the country. Mountrail County is the leading oil producing county, followed in order by McKenzie County, Williams County and Dunn County, which together produce nearly 11 million barrels of the state’s monthly total. ■ 196 — The drilling rig count at the

end of December, according to the Oil and Gas Division. ■ 201 — The all-time high number

of rigs ever operating in the state, set in August. ■ 95 percent — The amount of drill- ing in the state that targets the Bakken and Three Forks formations. ■ 762 — Idle wells at the end of Oc-

tober. There were approximately 300 more than the normal 450 idle wells. The number of idle wells indicates that drill- ing is outpacing fracture treatment ser- vices. It’s estimated another 10 fracture service crews are needed to catch up to

■ 4 — The state is the fourth high-

the backlog. ■ 6,202 — The number of producing

oil wells in North Dakota, more than at any other time in the state’s oil produc- ing history. ■ 39 percent — The state’s oil-pro-

ducing region continues to create retail growth, and the third quarter sales and use tax report from the North Dakota tax commissioner showed retail activity was up 39 percent statewide compared to a year ago. ■ 90 percent — Increase in retail ac-

tivity in Williston. Other oil patch com- munities also increased, such as Tioga, with retail tax activity up 138 percent, and Stanley, up 127 percent. ■ $722 million — Williston’s taxable sales for the last quarter exceeded Fargo’s $654 million, even though Williston’s population is 14,000, compared to Far- go’s 105,000. ■ 169 — New drilling permits issued

in October. TOM STROMME/Tribune

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