Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Pete Cook, Editor

Issue #162 | April 11, 2018

This Week's News

The Texas Frac Sand Rush Lands On The State Legislature’s Agenda

The rapid advent of frac sand mining in Texas is not only drawing governmental attention from the Texas Comptroller’s office because of environmental impacts. Now the Texas legislature is taking...

Sand Mining Plant Brings Jobs To Lamesa Area

U.S. Silica, a producer of industrial minerals including silica and sand proppants, according to its website, is in the process of establishing a sand mine operation at the location. The...

Select Sands Exercises Purchase Option To Begin Capacity Expansion

Select Sands Corp. is pleased to announce the Company has exercised its option to purchase a 223-acre property located in Independence County, Arkansas to serve as a platform to support...

92 Resources' Golden Silica Project Has Metallurgical Silica And Frac Sand Potential

Energy metals firm 92 Resources Corp said it had filed an NI 43-101 report for its Golden Silica property in British Columbia, adding that the property showed both frac sand...

It’s Official. 3Q18 Startup Targeted For Preferred’s Mid-Con In-Basin Plant

There are new details on the first big Mid-Con frac sand mine… and it could be here sooner than you might think.

Report Highlights Fracking Safety, Concluding Development Is ‘Managed Best’ At State Level

The oil and gas development process, including associated regulations designed to protect water resources, is “managed best” at the state level, a recent report from the Groundwater Protection Council, a...

Minnesota Falls In State Mining Rankings, Again…

Minnesota produced metals and minerals, primarily iron ore, sand, gravel, and dimension stone valued at $3.18 billion dollars in 2017, making it the sixth-largest state in terms of the monetary...

Claim: DNR Staff Felt Pressure To Approve Wetland Fill For Frac Sand Mining Project

A two-year battle to build a frac sand plant on 16 acres of rare wetlands in Monroe County is coming to a head this spring. A judge will decide if...

Believers Keep Faith With UK Fracking

Believers keep faith with UK fracking...

This Week’s Poll: The Need For Shale Fracking

As Cuadrilla completes the UK’s first horizontal shale gas well and prepares to seek permission to frack, we ask whether Engineer readers think there is any need to exploit this...

How US Fracking Companies Defeated OPEC With Innovation

U.S. shale gas producers beat OPEC soundly through innovation in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling techniques; a continuing shale revolution.

The Top Ten Infill Thinking Updates And Oilfield Debates Of 1Q18

During a busy 1Q18, Infill Thinking published 102 research updates, shipped 27 subscriber newsletters, and hosted 3 reader meet-ups. Infill Thinking’s membership grew by 25% during the quarter.

FourWinds’ Bankruptcy Trustee Wins Judgment Against Investor

The bankruptcy trustee for FourWinds Logistics — the now-defunct oilfield company that defrauded investors and led to state Sen. Carlos Uresti’s criminal conviction — has prevailed in a $2.5 million...

Judge: Uresti, Cain Should Have Known 'No Clean Funds' From Fracking Business

A federal judge rejected a request for acquittal by state Sen. Carlos Uresti and his co-defendant, Gary Cain, at one point saying Uresti took the trial court rulings "conveniently cherry-picked...

Does the Bankruptcy Code Adequately Protect Lessors? A Frac Sand Example

The Bankruptcy Code often instructs a trustee or debtor to perform an act or make an election within a certain time. Sometimes the relevant provisions are intended to benefit a...

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