Like the rest of the U.S., 2020 was one of those years for the Bakken.

A report from the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) said that North Dakota’s crude oil output between December 2019 and May 2020 fell from about 40%, an average of 1.5 million bbl/d to 900,000 bbl/d. According to the report, the production decline is greater than it would have been if producers halted new drilling and allowed production from current wells to naturally decline.

With only natural declines, the analysis shows that crude oil production for most of the state of North Dakota would have been approximately 1.1 million bbl/d in May 2020, approximately 400,000 bbl/d more than those wells actually reported. According to the EIA, the difference suggests that many producers decided to reduce production from their existing wells beyond the volume the wells would have naturally declined.

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