BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s oil production dropped slightly in May but remained above 1 million barrels per day for the fourth consecutive month.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the state produced an average of 1.04 million barrels of oil daily in May, down from 1.05 million barrels in April.

North Dakota also produced 1.85 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in May, up from 1.83 billion cubic feet daily in April.

The May tallies are the latest figures available.

There were 58 drill rigs operating in North Dakota on Friday, up eight from the May average.

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