Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #180 | August 15, 2018

This Week's News

The World Vs. Shale: The Odds Are Narrowing – Wood Mac

Staying on top is tough, and the US onshore oil business is no exception. This sector, mostly in the form of the Permian Basin, has been both the lowest-cost source...

WSJ: Frackers Burn Cash to Sustain U.S. Oil Boom

American oil companies—primed to reap the benefits of rising prices after years of wringing more from wells for less—are seeing profits erode in the face of rising costs.

Infill Thinking Provides Market Intel From Meetings With Industry Leaders

Infill Thinking had a full schedule of meetings with industry leaders during their recent trip to Fort Worth, including a well attended reader meetup.

Frack Sand Operators Hiking Capacity, In-Basin Offerings

With horizontal wells longer than ever and completions requiring more stages, U.S. fracture (frack) sand operators secured more long-term contracts during the second quarter and continue to see support to...

Technology Leads Way To Bigger Profits In The Bakken

While increasing oil prices and fewer regulations have led to a resurgence in the Bakken, improved technologies since the last boom could lead to more production and the ability to...

Pioneer Gears Up For More High-intensity Permian Completions

Pioneer Natural Resources Co., one of the Midland Basin’s biggest acreage holders, plans to roll out more high-intensity completions after its latest design pushed production higher in the Permian.

DJ Basin Local Frac Sand Is Complicated With Much Still To Be Determined…

An update on frac sand mining’s newest frontier: the Rockies.

Black Mountain Does It Again & Enters A Fourth Local Sand Market

Black Mountain enters a fourth local sand market

Atlas Sand Opens New Frac Sand Facility In West Texas

Atlas Sand Company, LLC announced the opening of its Kermit, Texas, frac sand facility. The first scheduled deliveries of frac sand from the site were fulfilled on July 29, 2018....

Emerge Energy to open new frac sand distribution capacity in Canada

Emerge Energy Services, based in the US state of Texas, is investing in a new frac sand terminal to serve frackers in the Montney shale-oil region in western Canada. The...

Select Sands Reports Record Results for the Second Quarter 2018

Select Sands Corp. today announced record operational and financial results for Q2 of 2018 and the filing of its financial statements and associated management’s discussion and analysis on The...

Solaris: A 'Value Dream' in Oilfield Infrastructure

Solaris Oildfield Infrastructure (SOI) once again knocked it out of the ballpark in Q2 reporting adjusted EPS of $.42, vs. just $.10 in the record year ago quarter, explains small...

Changes That Matter In The Texas Conservation Plan Re-Write

Last week, the Texas Comptroller’s office submitted a new Dunes Sagebrush Lizard conservation plan to US Fish and Wildlife Service. If approved, the new plan will replace the existing Texas...

Claim: Frack Sand Operation in PA Is Leaking Sand Into Nearby Community

We spotted a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that concerns us. There is a transloading terminal in Stowe Township (Allegheny County, Pittsburgh area) that handles, among other things, frack sand....

NM officials Consider Options To Reuse Oilfield Water

When drilling wells, operators inject chemicals, sand and water underground to create fissures that help move oil and natural gas to the wellhead more efficiently. That practice of hydraulic fracturing,...

What Its Like To Ship All The Goods Slapped With Tariffs

As the trade war rages on, one industry is stuck in the middle of it all: shipping. Up and down the Mississippi River you’ll see lots of farm goods that...

An Anniversary Of History Being Made: The Birth Of Modern Fracking

The anniversary of a world-changing event passed last week that did not get nearly enough attention in the press. It clearly was a market-changing event, or I would not be...

Sentencing This Afternoon For Ex-FourWinds Co-Owner

Shannon Smith, a former co-owner of FourWinds Logistics, the San Antonio oil field services company that defrauded investors and cratered Carlos Uresti’s political and legal career, is set to be...

FourWinds Official Gets Four Years’ Probation

The first person to plead guilty in the criminal scheme that led to the downfall of former San Antonio lawmaker Carlos Uresti won’t have to serve any prison time.

Writer Compares Frac Sand Rush with the Gold Rush

This year is the 170th anniversary of one of the most significant events in world history: the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. On January 24, 1848,...

Stumping In New York, Trump Blames Dearth Of Fracking For High Taxes

President Donald Trump linked New York’s taxes to the state’s restrictions on fossil fuel development in a speech on Monday, arguing that such policies have hindered jobs and driven state...

Trump Administration Exploring Possibility Of Opening Up California Land To Fracking

The Trump administration this week took the preliminary steps toward opening around 1.6 million acres of public land in California to hydraulic fracturing and oil drilling.

Argentina Looks For Frac Sand To Reduce Shale Drilling Costs

Once heavily reliant on imports, the US is now the world’s undisputed leader in oil and gas production, according to the International Energy Agency’s Executive Director, Faith Birol in a...

Fracking In England: Malton Mayor Makes Legal Challenge

A town mayor is taking legal action against planned government changes to how fracking applications are handled.

Diatreme Resources’ Maiden Mineral Resource Confirms High-Grade Silica Deposit At Australia’s Cape Bedford (Australia Might Have In-Basin Mines… Now All They Need Is Fracking!)

Diatreme Resources Ltd has completed the maiden inferred mineral resource for the Nob Point prospect at its Cape Bedford Silica/Heavy Minerals Project in North Queensland.

California’s ‘Sandy Past’ Preserved In Antioch

California is known for gold mining, but the Golden State also has a rich history in sand mining. Below the hills of Antioch, you will find the Hazel-Atlas Silica Sand...

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