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USDA shows increased oil production in ND’s Bakken, SD's Harding County

It isn’t just North Dakota’s oil rich Bakken fields that have shown a dramatic increase in production. Oil and gas production in South Dakota’s Harding County in the extreme northwest corner of the state have also shown a significant increase in production from 2000 to 2011.

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The USDA’s Economic Research Service recently compiled a map of production reports from across the United States. While perhaps not unexpectedly, many of North Dakota’s Bakken counties each showed an increase of $20 million in production, so did South Dakota’s Harding County.

Harding County saw a 42 percent increase in oil production and a 17 percent increase in natural gas production from 2000 to 2011. The USDA also listed two other South Dakota counties with limited oil and gas production — Custer and Fall River. Custer showed an 837 percent increase in oil production while Fall River showed 36 percent and 42 percent decreases respectively in oil and gas production.