Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Pete Cook, Editor

Issue #175 | July 11, 2018

This Week's News

In-Basin Sand Mines Reshaping Proppant Supply Fundamentals

The frac sand industry is in a transition phase with significant new capacity being built out across most major shale plays in the US. Frac sand demand is expected to...

Worthless 2 years ago, Texas Sand Now Brings In Billions

Standing high on top of a windswept dune in the West Texas plains, Greg Edwards stares out into a vast ocean of sand. It stretches in every direction, interrupted only...

Demand For Frac Sand And Concrete Drives Scarcity

Despite appearances, we are running out of sand. While that might seem farfetched - sand is seemingly everywhere - there is not only a thriving international trade in the commodity,...

Permian Fracking Activity Will Overcome Pipeline Bottlenecks, IEA Says

West Texas oil production will continue to rise despite logistical bottlenecks, supporting frac sand demand there, the IEA said in its June oil market report. Drilling activity in the region...

Permian Well Performance Exceeding Expectations

Companies operating in the Permian basin have drilled much longer laterals and used more complex well completion design in their newer wells with the aim of reaching higher initial production...

The Frac Sand Market Is Heating Up

Rising oil and gas prices have spurred significant investment in the volatile frac sand market over the last year. The market is comprised of three main types of silica sand:...

The Petroleum Connection Sells Out the Exhibit Hall, Adds Bronze Sponsorship Option for the 7th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference

I’ve got some bad news and some good news. First the bad news. The Platinum, Golf, Gold, and Silver Sponsorships have sold out for the 7th Annual Frac Sand Supply...

MidCon Mine Permit Situation Report As Public Awareness Swells Up Around The Frac Sand Rush

We submitted a series of public record requests to Oklahoma mining regulators this week to learn more about pending frac sand mine permit applications in the MidCon.

Twenty Years Of Fracking: How Water And Rock Earned The U.S. Global Influence And Local Culpability

Twenty years ago this summer, the fracking revolution began. At that time, oil production was on the decline, down to about five million barrels per day. And a widespread panic...

Six Reasons the U.S. Shale Revolution Can’t Be Duplicated

The development of unconventional shale resources has turned the U.S. from a natural gas importer into a natural gas exporter in just a decade. And it’s all thanks to horizontal...

BP In The Lead For BHP's Shale Portfolio

Rumor has it BP plc is in the lead to buy BHP Billiton plc's shale and unconventional assets in America.

Anadarko Petroleum Mitigating Top Oil And Gas Risks, Says In-Basin Sand Strategy Has Been Huge Success

Widening differentials are feared due to record shale production. Anadarko has addressed these issues with a new oil treating facility and firm capacity agreements contracted out until the end of...

Heavy Duty Trucking's 2018 Trailer Update

There is no dearth of trailer makers in North America. Statistics show there are at least two dozen manufacturers that produce from around 1,000 to over 50,000 over-the-road commercial trailers...

Environmental Cleanup Planned Following Deadly Frac Sand Truck Wreck In Yukon

Drivers in Yukon are encouraged to avoid a state highway as crews continue to clean up after a deadly wreck.

OmniTRAX Affiliate Has Purchased Alabama & Tennessee River Railway And Fulton County Railway From CSX

A managed affiliate of OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held transportation service companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group, has acquired the Alabama &...

Frac Sand Wash Plant for Sale

A frac sand wash plant located in the upper Midwest is available for sale. The operating wash plant is offered for sale with a processing agreement in place to receive...

OSHA Now Enforcing New Silica Rule

Now that the silica rule, 29 CFR 1910.1053, is enforceable for General Industry as of Saturday, June 23, wellsite employers need to have specific measures in place to combat the...

Supervisors In Arizona County Put Off Fracking Discussion

The Navajo County Board of Supervisors has put off discussion of possible fracking in the Holbrook Basin. County Manager Glenn Kephart told the board of supervisors at its June 26...

Experts Studying Increased Groundwater Use In Wisconsin

Groundwater in Wisconsin is pretty easy to see, as it is feeding our streams, lakes and other surface water, according to Mike Parsen, a hydrogeologist with the Wisconsin Geological and...

Scottish Government Causes Fracking Confusion With Ineos Licence Extension

The Scottish Government has reportedly extended Ineos’s right to frack in Scotland by one year. The petrochemicals firm has been granted an onshore petroleum exploration and development licence (PEDL 162)...

Shale Drillers Are Curbing The Glare For Telescopes

Texas oil drillers are dimming the lights on the shale explosion -- for astronomy’s sake. Crude explorers in North America’s busiest field have agreed to temper light pollution from the...

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