CORRECTION: Hold the Champagne, Alaska is Still No. 2 for Oil
Correction/Update: On this State of Alaska website (Department of Natural Resources, Division of Oil and Gas), it reports March 2012 oil production at 19.22 million barrels. On this State of Alaska website (Alaska Department of Administration, Oil and Gas Conservation Commission), it reports March 2012 oil production at 17.6 million barrels. I wasn't aware of the second source of Alaska oil production, which was the source the media were using to report that North Dakota oil production passed Alaska's in March. Therefore, I stand corrected if Alaska's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's production number (17.6 million barrels) is more accurate than Alaska's Division of Oil and Gas's estimate (19.22 million barrels).
However, even based on the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission numbers, the year-to-date total for Alaska (52.84 million barrels) is higher than North Dakota's 50.94 million January-March production.