The North Dakota Industrial Commission published its regular monthly "director's cut" of oil and natural gas activity in the state Aug. 15. It said June production of 821,415 barrels of oil and natural gas production of 930 million cubic feet per day were records for the state.
The state's Land Board announced it awarded more than $27 million in grants to 11 airports in the west of the state for construction and maintenance needs.
"Airports in western North Dakota are experiencing record increases in boardings and activity, requiring additional investment in new and expanded terminals, runways and other maintenance needs," Gov. Jack Dalrymple said in a statement Thursday. "These state grants will help airports in our oil and gas counties address the impact of rapid growth and enhance air travel opportunities for our citizens."
Oil and natural gas production is stimulating the state's economy. The federal government said North Dakota's gross domestic product in 2001 ranked 38th out of the 50 states. By 2012, the GDP per capita of $55,250 was 29 percent greater than the national average.
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