Weekly U.S. crude oil production hit the highest level on record last week, according to preliminary government data, in another sign of the resilience of American shale drillers.
The United States produced 9.62 million barrels of oil a day in the week through Nov. 3, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported on Wednesday. That just slightly topped a record high struck in June 2015, just before the oil price crash sparked a more than one-year decline that sent U.S. output to about 8.4 million barrels a day.
It's important to note that this is not the highest all-time level of U.S. oil production. The record still stands at just over 10 million barrels a day in November 1970. The EIA's weekly data only goes back to 1983.