North Dakota has set an oil production record for the fifth consecutive year.
.... crude production through September totaled more than 173.9 million barrels. That's up from the record 152.9 million barrels set last year.
....... on pace to surpass 200 million barrels in 2012.
.......crude from western North Dakota's oil patch is fueling refineries across the country.
North Dakota is the nation's No. 2 oil producer, behind Texas.
......North Dakota accounts for about 12 percent of total U.S. crude production. That's up from 1 percent less than five years ago.That last bullet is incredible. Twelve percent is not trivial.