North Dakota’s oil output fell to 1.44 million b/d in September, down about 37,000 b/d from August’s record-setting average, the North Dakota Pipeline Authority reported Tuesday. In an interview with the PlattsCapitol Crude podcast Monday, Lynn Helms, the state’s top oil and natural gas regulator, said oil output in September fell due to heavy precipitation throughout the month. “It was a very soggy month,” Helms told reporters on a Tuesday conference call. Helms said on the call that two weeks of continuous rain in September caused numerous road closures, preventing pipeline construction, well completions, repairs and multiple other actions. Helms said heavy rain had caused as much as 84,000 b/d of September production to be shut-in. Oil production would likely return to record-setting levels into early 2020, but added that production growth would likely be stalled, potentially for years, as state officials ramped up enforcement of flaring […]