The most recent numbers published for Saskatchewan’s oil production show 459,916 bbls/d in June 2019, a dip from 500,288 bbls/d in March.
Since February 2015, near the onset of the oil downturn, Saskatchewan’s production has largely hovered within the range of those two numbers. Overall, volumes peaked in December 2014 at 536,619 bbls/d.
In Canada, the Justin Trudeau-led Liberal government was sworn in in October 2015.
During that same time, North Dakota also saw a peak in December 2014 at 1,229,572 bbls/d, according to its Department of Mineral Resources. Production dropped below a million barrels per day in the fall of 2016, then bottomed out at 942,156 bbls/d in December 2016.
Donald Trump was sworn in as president in January 2016. Since that time, North Dakota has steadily climbed over the 1 million barrels per day hump in February 2017 to 1.1 million bbls/d in September 2017. It crossed 1.2 million bbls/d in April 2018, 1.3 million bbls/d in September 2018, and 1.4 million bbls/d in December 2018.
Since then the production of North Dakota has remained relatively flat, hovering between 1,392,517 bbls/d in April 2019 and the current peak of 1,442,459 in July 2019. That’s an increase of 52.9 per cent from December 2016.
In the first two years since Trump was sworn in, North Dakota added the equivalent of Saskatchewan’s entire oilpatch, and has remained flat relatively at that level for seven months. Even so, the last two months listed, the state has eked out slightly new record production numbers.