Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Pete Cook, Editor

Issue #159 | March 21, 2018

This Week's News

Wisconsin Frac Sand Industry Roars Back, But New Competition Looms

Despite new competition, Wisconsin’s frac sand industry has come roaring back from a slump that idled mines two years ago, fueled by a continued surge in domestic crude oil production.

A Coal Company’s Frac Sand Entrance Makes In-Basin Sourcing A Reality On Yet Another New Frontier

The tentacles of in-basin frac sand exploration continue to extend and expand, wrapping new basins up in the plans of more new entrants. We review the latest development in the...

Hourglass Plans First Colorado Frack Sand Operation

Hallador Energy Co. is turning its coal mining expertise towards the frack sand industry. The Denver-based coal mining company that operates in Indiana and was formerly an exploration and production entity, announced this month plans to open the first frack sand mine in Colorado...

U.S. Silica Announces Sale Of Transload Assets To CIG Logistics

The three facilities are located near Odessa, Texas, San Antonio, Texas and Benwood, W. Va., and comprise approximately 70 thousand tons of storage capacity. As part of the agreement, U.S. Silica will continue to service customer needs through the transloads, which CIG will now own and operate...

Meet The Next Big Eagle Ford In-Basin Frac Sand Player

We have the very latest on another new Eagle Ford frac sand mine after an exclusive conversation with the team backing the project this morning. This sand story is moving fast folks, and Infill Thinking is the original source of real-time coverage on the latest developments in the in-basin saga...

Preferred Sands Opens Atascosa Sand Mine In Texas

In February 2018, Preferred Sands announced the opening of its Atascosa sand mine and facility, which will provide frac sand for the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, Business Wire reports...

Activity Upside Is In The Cards For Eagle Ford Shale Drilling

In this week’s weekly drilling rig count update, we take a closer look at Eagle Ford permitting trends. In addition, we are preparing for an upcoming Eagle Ford Shale market intelligence gathering trip. The early-April trip itinerary is taking shape and will...

Smart Sand, Inc. Announces New Multi-Year Take-or-Pay Contract

Smart Sand, Inc. announced today that, in anticipation of its recent acquisition of the rights to a unit train capable transloading terminal in Van Hook...

A Permian Plant Is Not In Smart Sand’s 2018 Budget, But A Last Mile Solution Is…

Smart Sand’s 2018 budget is $85-$95mm. $71mm of that is spoken for with their Oakdale plant expansion, efficiency enhancements and routine maintenance. The $19mm…

Smart Sand Expands Through $15M Acquisition

Texas-based Smart Sand Inc. is expanding in North Dakota’s Bakken shale oil play. After announcing the processing capacity expansion of its Oakdale, Wisconsin frack sand...

During A Short Ride With Atlas Sand, We Saw Firm Commitment To The Long Haul

Atlas Sand was one of six in-basin sand plants (various stages of development) that we visited in the Permian Basin in early-February. Like with our five other in-basin...

Radio Program To Discuss Frac Sand Boom

Host Rich Kremer and his guests will discuss the economic and environmental impacts of the industry. Frac sand is used in the hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” process to remove petroleum fluids such as...

Elephant In The Room: Where’s The Sense Of Urgency Around The New OSHA Regs?

There’s a new thread over in our members-only discussion forum. In it are observations on the new OSHA respirable crystalline silica regs that kick in just three months from now...

Short Line Railroads Keep Chugging Along

The Tulsa-Sapulpa Union Railway is one of the oldest railroads in Oklahoma — if not the oldest. It started in 1907 as an interurban rail line providing trolley car service to workers going to various plants along...

Growing Opportunity For Startups In The Global Hydraulic Fracturing Proppants Sales Industry

Questale released a detailed assessment of trends in Global Hydraulic Fracturing Proppants Sales market. The research report includes...

Texas Ethics Arm Fines Fraud Lawmaker Just $500 In ‘Blood Money’ Ponzi Scheme

The Texas state senator who has refused to step down, despite 11 felony convictions and several groping allegations, has been fined just $500 in civil penalties by the Texas Ethics Commission...

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