Crude oil and natural gas production surges

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OTTAWA, Ont. — According to Statistics Canada, crude oil production totalled more than 10 million cubic metres in April, up 2.9 per cent from April 2000.

Alberta crude oil production was the main contributor to this gain, up 3.1 per cent over last year. Exports, which accounted for 63.4 per cent of this total, jumped by 3.3 per cent.

Marketable natural gas production also rose 3.1 per cent over last year — in spite of domestic sales falling by more than 7.2 per cent.

Sales to the industrial sector fell eight per cent, as warmer-than-normal temperatures throughout most of the country resulted in lower sales. Natural gas exports, which accounted for 61.2 per cent of total marketable production, posted an 11.9 per cent gain.

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