Colorado's booming energy industry produced nearly 63.2 million barrels of crude oil in 2013, a new state record for annual oil production, according to a Denver Business Journal review of records from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), which oversees the multi-billion dollar industry.
That's a 28 percent jump from 2012, when the state's oil and gas wells produced nearly 49.3 million barrels of oil, according to COGCC records.
Preliminary tallies on the COGCC's website Monday indicated that the state produced 63,190,804 barrels of oil during 2013.
That breaks a record that's stood for nearly 60 years, since 1956, when Colorado's oil and gas wells produced nearly 62 million barrels of oil — specifically 61,995,000 barrels, according to COGCC records.
It also breaks another tally kept by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG), which says its records indicate Colorado's previous high-water mark of 58,564,000 barrels of oil was reached in 1956.
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