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Labor, lack of infrastructure are taking the top off North Dakota's oil and gas recovery

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A workover rig in Williston.

Rig counts have long been a leading indicator for future oil production in the state. This month, they’re hovering around 34, although they did reach 36 for a day or two the first week in February.

That’s a two-year high since the pandemic began, which follows the national trend. Baker Hughes listed rig counts on Friday, Feb. 18, at 645 — 10 more than the week prior and 248 more than in 2021.

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