Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #148 | January 3, 2018

This Week's News

Austin Company Backed By Energy Veterans, Millions In Funding Plans To Produce Fracking Sand In West Texas

The Austin company is betting on the continued strength of the oil and gas industry by setting up a pair of facilities that will mine and refine sand used during hydraulic fracturing at oil wells across West Texas...

North American OFS Sector Preparing For Transformational 2018

If 2017 proved to be a new beginning for the downtrodden oilfield services sector, 2018 is expected to be the year that operators are positioned for future growth in both the onshore and offshore.

Twenty Questions Set The Tone For The 2018 US Oilfield Service Marketplace

We believe the following 20 questions encapsulate the transcendent themes facing the US oilfield service market during 2018. These are not in any particular order...

There Aren’t Enough Truckers In Texas

Permian’s production growth—the main driver of the second shale revolution as oil prices crept higher this year—may be limited not by geological or technological constraints, but by a shortage of truck drivers to transport the increasing volumes of oil pumped out of the most prolific areas...

Shortage Of Truckers Crimps Permian's Boom

With oil prices inching back higher and production in the Permian soaring once again, the drillers want the truckers back. The feeling, though, isn't mutual. The pain of the 2014...

Frac Sand Demand Rises And Both Drilling And Sand Intensity Increase, Leading Drive To The Permia

After an extremely bearish two years in the oilfield minerals markets – defined here as the group of minerals that find their main use in the oilfield services industry, chiefly in drilling oil wells or in extracting shale gas through hydraulic fracturing...

The Permian Pumps On

Despite an expected slowdown in drilling activity in 2018, IHS Markit forecasts an uptick in frac demand as built-up drilled uncompleted wells from 2017 are completed and begin to produce...

Unconventional Wells Still Effective In Permian Basin, Analysts Say

Operators in the Permian Basin in Texas will continue to drill unconventional wells with longer laterals and large amounts of proppant, although moderate production gains are expected next year, industry analysts say. Capital expenditures are going up...

Revisiting Silicosis Prevention Resources After The 2017 Permian Frac Sand Rush

The explosion of new industrial (silica) sand mining and processing operations in west Texas suggests the need for a review of one of the oldest known occupational diseases, silicosis, and the strategies...

Smart Sand, Inc. Announces Commencement Of Unit Train Shipments On The Union Pacific Railroad

Smart Sand, Inc. announced today that it has completed construction of its unit train capable rail facility served by the Union Pacific Railroad in Byron Township, Wisconsin...

Interior Department Repeals Never-Used Regulations On Hydraulic Fracturing

The Obama administration’s 2015 fracking rule was never actually implemented, thanks to an ongoing court battle, and it apparently never will be...

Monterey County Judge: Fracking Ban Remains; Two Other Bans Preempted, Invalid By Existing Laws

With the passage of Measure Z in November 2016, Monterey County stood to be the first oil-producing county in California to ban hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and the expansion of oil production procedures, but...

Billions Already Spent On West Virginia Drilling And Fracking

As a region flush with coal, oil and natural gas reserves beneath the ground’s surface, billions of dollars worth of investment continue flowing into northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio for mining, drilling, fracking, pipelining and processing...

New Shale Firm Vows To Enhance Flowback, Early Production

After two years working together, DynaCorp Energy Services and Energes Oilfield Solutions LLC have merged to form a single sand solutions operations for the oil and gas industry...

OneStim Is Just BlueStim Now – Weatherford/Schlumberger JV Breaks Up, Replaced With Outright Pressure Pumping Sale

The OneStim JV between Schlumberger and Weatherford contemplated in March of 2017 has broken apart. Instead, Weatherford sold off its idled pressure pumping business to Schlumberger...

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