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N.D. big enough for OPEC: State producing as much oil as cartel member

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota likely is producing more oil than OPEC member Ecuador.

In September, oil production in the state averaged 464,129 barrels a day, just short of Ecuador's 485,000, according to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division.

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October's numbers aren't in yet, but with average daily production increasing by at least 20,000 barrels every month as it has in recent years, North Dakota will already have surpassed Ecuador by now.

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