Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Pete Cook, Editor

Issue #168 | May 23, 2018

This Week's News

10 Talking Points Sure To Surface Over Coffee & Cocktails This Week

Many of our subscribers have descended upon Fort Worth this week for the large Permian Basin executive confab going on there.

US Oilfield Activity Soars Despite Frac Sand Delivery Delays

The increase in fracking activity in the United States is driving increased domestic demand in the country for frac sand. Oilfield activity has seen more modest increases globally, meaning that...

Fairmount Santrol Forming A Strong Presence In Midcon With Unimin

The "Big 4" frac sand stocks Fairmount Santrol, U.S. Silica, Emerge Energy, and Hi-Crush all made their various moves this year to supply sand to customers in-basin, bifurcating the North...

Joining The Greenfield Band: In-Basin Sand Has Recruited More Basins

The Permian is the epicenter of the in-basin frac sand trend. Local sand sourcing is a trend that will be on display in full force in Ft Worth this week...

Pounding Sand In The Permian

Sand remains a conversational topic this spring in West Texas, but in a context different than weather. The oil and gas industry impatiently waits as a nascent Permian Basin sand...

Carbo Ceramics: Strategy Change

Carbo Ceramics reported the first quarter results. Sales growth remains outstanding and the cash flow used by operations is declining. Far more important to shareholders was an important strategy change...

In-Basin Mines To Supply 75% Of Permian Basin Proppant Demand Next Year

Following up on our plant-by-plant review of Permian Basin frac sand production last week, we’ve also updated our estimates for the play’s frac sand demand broken down by supply source.

Preferred Sands Is Building A Sand Mine To Provide Frack Sand To Oklahoma's STACK & SCOOP Plays

Sand costs for hydraulically fractured wells can eat away at profit. But one company aims to help well operators by getting them the sand they need at a more affordable...

Frac Plant Opponents Object To Meteor's Request For Agency Review Of Judge's Ruling

Groups opposed to a Monroe County frac sand operation are accusing a Georgia timber company of trying to subvert the legal process by asking the head of the Department of...

University Of Cincinnati Study: No Evidence Of Natural Gas From Fracking In Found Ohio Drinking Water

A study of drinking water in Appalachian Ohio found no evidence of natural gas contamination from recent oil and gas drilling. Geologists examined drinking water in northeast Ohio where many...

North Central Illinois Named To America’s Top 40 For Business Development, Thanks In Part To Silica Sand

North Central Illinois, comprising the micropolitan area of Bureau, LaSalle and Putnam counties, has been named to America’s Top 40 for business development.

UK Government Unveils Support Package For Fracking Industry

The move, announced as part of the government’s modern industrial strategy, was praised by trade unions and natural resource developers, but condemned by environmentalists.

Argentina Seen At 'Tipping Point' For More Shale Investment

Argentina is poised to attract more investment to its oil sector as rising crude prices improve the profit potential of its shale resources even as the government contends with financial...

Oil & Gas Industry Embraces Latin America

The world’s largest energy companies are placing enormous bets on Latin America, a region rich with oil that many avoided in the past due to restrictive economic policies and the...

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