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The Texas Railroad Commission said oil production reached a record 2 million barrels a day in February.

It was the highest level of production since 1986.

“Preliminary production numbers indicate statewide oil production was 2,002,070 barrels a day, which includes Permian Basin production of more than 1 million barrels a day, Commissioner Christi Craddick told the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

“This is a milestone production level for Texas not seen in 28 years, and this is the direct result of conditions unique to Texas’ energy environment,” he said.

Texas is the largest oil producer in the United States, producing about 36 percent of the nation’s crude oil, up from less than 15 percent just a few years ago.

Texas now produces three times more than any other state, according to the latest monthly figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.