April blizzards drive down North Dakota oil production

April 29, 2022 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State officials say a pair of blizzards that smacked North Dakota in April caused a dramatic reduction in oil production.

The Bismarck Tribune reported that State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms provided state regulators updated production estimates Friday.

The state’s oil industry had been producing about 1.1 million barrels daily until the blizzards hit, Helms said. The first storm began on April 12 and lasted three days. Helms says it caused production to fall to about 750,000 barrels per day. The industry had rebounded to 950,000 barrels per day when the second storm hit on April 23. That blizzard caused production to drop to just 300,000 barrels per day. Production has since increased to about 700,000 barrels per day, Helms said.

He called the damage the storms caused in the western part of the state “incredible,” noting widespread power outages that affected the oil patch and snowy roads that prevented oil workers from accessing well sites and other infrastructure.