North Dakota no threat to take over Texas in oil production soon

North Dakota has been making lots of news lately, overtaking Alaska as the No. 2 oil producer in the nation behind Texas.

I asked Smitherman if North Dakota could ever become No. 1?

“I think we retain our leadership for some time to come,” Smitherman said.

He pointed out that oil production in Texas has roughly doubled in the past 7 years or so and he foresees a continuation of that trend.

“I think our numbers are going to increase dramatically,” he said.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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