Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #151 | January 24, 2018

This Week's News

High Roller Sand Opens Plant In Permian Basin

High Roller Sand announced today the commencement of production of high quality hydraulic fracturing sand from their fully automated...

In-Basin Sand Plant Construction Risk Fading… Most Permian Mines WILL Be Built

For over a year, we’ve heard all the reasons why the 23 planned in-basin sand frac sand mines in West Texas won’t get built (or why they will be delayed into perpetuity). We submit the...

Do Schlumberger Results Point To A Boom In Fracking Sand?

Crude oil prices rebounding to three-year highs have drawn investors back to energy stocks, driving energy-sector groups to some of the largest moves among industries over the past four weeks...

A Permian New Entrant Just Permitted A 2nd West Texas Mine, Pushing The Total Potential Local Plant Count To 24

Get all the details on the Permian’s latest frac sand mine to be announced…

Chesapeake's Keynote Presentation At Industry Event Highlights Successes Testing 5,000 Pounds Of Proppant Per Lateral Foot

Chesapeake Energy and BP executives will take the stage for the keynote presentations at the inaugural DUG Haynesville conference and...

Wisconsin/Texas Battle for Frac Sand Market Share

Some energy producers are still willing to pay more for Wisconsin’s high-quality fracking sand despite increasing competition from Texas producers...

New Frac Sand Entrants In 2018 Seem Focused On The Same Opportunity Their Predecessors Targeted In 2017

Who’s looking to get in on the hydraulic fracturing boom? We discuss in this update...

A Look Inside The World’s Hottest Shale Play

Last week, my day job took me to the Permian Basin. A colleague and I arrived late at night at our hotel in Fort Stockton, Texas. The hotel parking lot was full...

What’s The Limit For Permian Oil Production?

The ‘hottest shale play’ has been the media’s favorite cliché for the Permian Basin over the past year. And while cliché, the basin straddling West Texas and New Mexico has lived up to this description—its oil production, unlike that in other basins...

Halliburton Hints Frac Sand Pricing Peaked In 4Q17

Here are our key takeaways in terms of general oilfield service market insights from the Halliburton conference call on Monday morning...

Superior Silica Sands: Rail Service A Challenge

Superior Silica Sand is finding reliable rail service for its customer base a challenge. Rick Shearer, company president, said Tuesday that some sand shipments are being trucked to other rail...

Black Mountain Sand Improves Highway 302

Frac sand mining is the latest boom to hit the Permian Basin and one facility is making sure road safety is the top priority. Black Mountain Sand's Vest facility is located in Winkler...

Wayfinder Adds Transloading Service In Key Location

Wayfinder Corp., announces the opening of their 2nd unit train frac sand storage and transloading facility in Gold Creek, Alberta. The Gold Creek facility is connected to...

No Word On Possible Sand Mine

A La Salle farm promoted nationwide as a possible sand mine has yet to be sold. On Dec. 7, Fine & Co. conducted an auction for the 240-acre property. "We're in the process...

Hearing Scheduled To Reconsider Permit For Monroe County Frac Operation

The state of Wisconsin will hold a hearing next month to review whether a Georgia timber company should be allowed to fill wetlands for a frac sand processing site in Monroe County...

Minnesota Sands To Appeal Case Against Winona County Frac Ban

A prospective frac sand company with claims to thousands of acres in southeastern Minnesota intends to pursue its challenge of Winona County’s ban on frac sand mining in a higher court...

Based On The Rock In The Ground, Fracturing Looks Really Different

Explanations for how fracturing works are often based more on the imaginations of experts than observations of the damage caused by hydraulic pressure. A rare study that spent the tens of millions of dollars required to get...

Slag To Proppant: An Economic Savior, Or Another Disappointing Business Venture?

It’s hard to imagine Anaconda without slag heaps. Driving into town, they’re the first thing visitors see. Large obsidian piles of fine, sand-like byproduct leftover from the days of the Copper Kings...

Badger Mining Introduces Activator-Free, Low-Temperature Proppant, Badger Tundra™

Badger Mining Corporation is pleased to announce the release of Badger Tundra™, a first of its kind, activator-free, low-temperature resin coated Northern...

Criminal Fraud Trial Puts San Antonio Democrat Uresti’s Career On The Line

A lot is on the line for state Sen. Carlos Uresti as his criminal fraud trial commences with opening statements this morning in U.S. District Court in San Antonio...

New Mexico Struggling With Growth From Oil & Gas

Prompted by public outcry over a property owner's move to bulldoze an alfalfa field and turn it into an RV park, Eddy County commissioners spent half of 2017...

The Journey Of Serial Entrepreneur

It takes a certain type of person to take on the risk of starting one business let alone multiple startups. A lot of hard work goes into molding a great career in entrepreneurship...

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