Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #186 | September 26, 2018

This Week's News

Frac Sand Market Faces Supply Chain Disruption

A key ingredient for drilling and completion operations in shale formations, proppant – often frac sand – aids in extracting hydrocarbons from source rocks. According to a recent IHS Markit...

As Frac Sand’s Defining Moment Arrives, A Big Dose Of Uncertainty Enters NWS Shipping Lanes

Just when one thinks things cannot possibly get any more interesting in the frac sand supply transition story, things get more interesting. In this update, we think through what the...

High Demand for Frac Sand

Have you noticed you’re paying a little extra at the gas pump lately? At midsummer, the national average price of regular gasoline was $2.87 per gallon, according to AAA Gas...

The App and the Agenda for the 7th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference

This week The Petroleum Connection will be sending a link out to those registered for the conference so they can access the conference app, attendee list, and agenda. Be sure...

Badger Mining Sends Out First Truckloads of Sand from Kermit Facility

Recently, Badger Mining Corporation sent out the first truckloads of sand from its new sand mining facility located eight miles north of Kermit. Less than nine months after breaking ground...

U.S. Silica Cuts Ribbon on $8 Million Central Texas Sand Mine Expansion

U.S. Silica cut the ribbon Tuesday on an $8 million expansion project and its sand mine and processing facility in Kosse in Limestone County. The sand mined and produced at...

Ribbon Cutting Is Fast Approaching At The First Northwestern Oklahoma Frac Sand Plant

From what we could see driving up to and around the property (it was raining hard during our site visit), the first northwestern Oklahoma frac sand plant looked substantially complete...

WildHorse Resource adds Eagle Ford acreage, builds sand mine

Houston's WildHorse Resource Development is continuing to build its position in the northeastern Eagle Ford shale by adding acreage and building a new sand mine and pipelines.

Eagle Ford Oil Company Building its Own Frac Sand Mine

WildHorse Resource Development Corp. has started construction for its $70 million frac sand mine in the eastern end of the Eagle Ford Shale.

Gen6 Proppants Announces New Frac Sand Mine in Northern Louisiana to Serve the Haynesville Shale

Gen6 Proppants, a frac sand solutions provider, announced today its plans to develop a new frac sand mine to serve the Haynesville Shale region, with the acquisition of approximately 1,000...

A New MidCon Frac Sand Mine Confirmed

During our recent MidCon Recon trip, we learned from speaking with locals that a frac sand producer new to Oklahoma was actively looking at property for a new frac sand...

Book Your Hotel Room For The 7th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference

Several of the room blocks for attendees of the 7th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference expire this week. While some hotels may still honor the reduced rates beyond...

Industrial Minerals to track prices in booming frac sand market

Demand for frac sand has been rising sharply recently. A 'perfect' scenario of rising oil prices, increased fracking activity and an increase in the amount of sand used per well,...

Is The Bakken Close To Breaking?

While the Permian has experienced a drilling boom and has received tons of media attention, a lesser-known but still remarkable revival has been underway in the Bakken this year. At...

The Right Recipe For The Rockies

Right-sized completions and improving production rates are leading to improved well economics in the Denver-Julesburg Basin. A recent report by Westwood Global Energy Group revealed that since 2015 the D-J...

WSJ: Oil Giants Use Size to Overcome Fracking Challenges

Fracking is entering a new expansion phase in this Canadian town more than 2,000 miles from the center of the U.S. oil boom—one that heavily favors the world’s energy giants.

The Sand Rancher’s Perspective As Mining Booms In His Dunes

The sand dune fields in Winkler County Texas that are now home to almost two dozen frac sand mining projects have historically been used for cattle ranching.

Core Laboratories Will Continue To Be Steady

Core Laboratories provides reservoir description and production enhancement services and products to the oil and gas industry. CLB will suit investors who seek steady growth with a safe dividend income...

Train Carrying Frac Sand Derail in Iowa, Sending Rail Cars Plunging into River

Authorities in Iowa are working to clear a massive train derailment that sent cars tumbling into a river on Sunday.

Cleanup Begins On Alton, IA Train Derailment

Cleanup has begun on a train derailment near Alton, Iowa, on Sunday. Authorities were called to 3rd and River Street shortly after 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning after a Union Pacific...

Incident At Black Mountain Vest Plant

Late breaking news tonight of the unfortunate variety. Updates are being posted as we learn more…

SWD Trucks Dump Produced Water, Pick Up Fresh Or Brine In One Trip At Buchanan Disposal… Looking At Frac Sand

What if you could gain even one extra trip from your SWD fleet every day of the year? One company estimated that their savings would add up to the hundreds...

Colorado’s Towns And Cities Scared About Property Owners’ Right Ballot Measure

Imagine you are a property owner. One day, you decide you want to use your land to develop a sand and gravel operation. You do your research, and you find...

Learning To Live With The New Silica Rule

The new silica regulation imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration limiting employee exposure to crystalline silica may be detailed and complex, but the agency takes compliance seriously and...

Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Shale Oil And Gas Offers Tough Lessons

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