As the ongoing boom in shale production continues to drive output, U.S. crude oil production hit 11 million barrels per day for the first time in the nation’s history, according to a statement made by the Energy Department on July 18.

Since November, U.S. production has increased nearly 1 million barrels per day due to a rapid increase in shale drilling, according to Oil and Gas Investor. Crude inventories increased 5.8 million barrels in the week to July 13, compared with analysts’ expectations for a decrease of 3.6 million barrels.

If the recent data is confirmed, the rapid increase in output puts the U.S. just behind Russia as the world’s largest producer of crude oil.

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