Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #188 | October 10, 2018

This Week's News

We’ve Got Tough Questions. They’ve Got Enlightened Answers…

Infill Thinking is pleased to announce that Joseph Triepke, founder of Infill Thinking, has been invited to serve as Master of Ceremonies during this month’s frac sand conference in San...

US Fracturing Sand Business Faces Stress

Some US sand mining companies supplying a key ingredient for hydraulic fracturing oil and gas formations are idling capacity or halting expansions, another possible sign of a deceleration in onshore...

Texas Sand, Pipeline Constraints Dog Wisconsin Frac Mines

A combination of competition and logistic snarls have led to the recent idling of Midwestern frac sand mines, but the slowdown may be temporary....

Frac Sand Industry Faced With Challenges

Hi-Crush announced recently it would idle its frac sand dry plant operations on Highway Q in Whitehall.

Pipeline Bottlenecks In Permian Can Easily Create An Oversupply Of Sand Affecting Mine Revenues, Says GlobalData

Rapidly growing sand demand in Permian is raising questions on whether there will be enough supply of proppant available. It is estimated that the total sand consumption in Permian will...

IAC Achieves 134% Frac Sand Production Rate

IAC, one of the largest Engineering, Procurement and Construction Design / Build contractors for the Frac Sand industry, has achieved a two day average production run rate of 268...

Preferred Sands Lays Off Number Of Employees Late Last Week

A Genoa employer that works directly with Loup Public Power District confirmed that a wave of employee layoffs occurred last week.

Despite Record Demand For Frac Sand, Wisconsin Mines Shutting Down, Laying Off Workers

Frac sand mines in Wisconsin are idling operations and laying people off despite a year of record demand for sand used to drill for oil and natural gas.

Closure Cascade: More “Out-Of-Basin” Frac Sand Plants Are Downsizing

The shuttering of “out-of-basin” capacity is key to a return to health in the oversupplied frac sand segment. Over the weekend, we saw a datapoint that suggests that this is...

Technology Improvements Driving Down Permian Basin Oil Production Costs

With improvements in technology driving down the breakeven cost for the production of oil in the rich shale plays of West Texas, the Permian Basin has become more attractive to...

Haynesville Shale Benefits From Louisiana Sand

The wheels are turning on something new in the energy industry and it's already having a positive impact on the state of Louisiana. We've been walking all over it for...

A Third STACK Plant Gets The Nod From Oklahoma City

Our investigative reporting reveals the latest on the MidCon mining front.

Can E&Ps Like WildHorse Disrupt A Multibillion-Dollar Frac Sand Industry?

WildHorse Resource Development, is fast-growing oil & gas producer who operates primarily in Southeast Texas. Production volumes grew 107% year-over-year to 46,700 barrels of oil per day due to efficiencies...

U.S. Silica’s Sandbox Unit Receives Judgment Against Arrows Up

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SLCA) today announced entry of final judgment in its trial in State District Court in Harris County, Texas, against Arrows Up, LLC, an affiliate of...

Athabasca Minerals Transfers Firebag Frac Sand Project To Subsidiary AMI Silica

Athabasca Minerals Inc. announces the transfer of the Firebag Frac Sand Mine to its wholly owned subsidiary AMI Silica Inc. effective October 1, 2018. The transfer includes Corporation’s right, title...

Two Frac Sand Holdings In XES Showing Bullish New Developments

The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Equipment & Services ETF has been on roll since we last covered it, and the ETF still looks good for a buy. But, investors...

New Entity Serves Texas Oil & Gas, Frac Sand Commercial Clients

At the advent of Southern Transport & Equipment, Lott closed Six Bar L. Now, he and Stilley oversee operations for the new company's equipment side. Stilley works with customers on...

Lizard’s Legal Status Threatens Texas Oil And Gas Operations

Texans are once again engaged in a battle to protect both a tiny reptile—the dunes sagebrush lizard—and the giant Permian Basin oil and gas industry.

The 'New NAFTA' Creates Certainty For Oil & Gas Investors

Negotiations for the United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement have been concluded, but the three countries still have to ratify the deal. The USMCA represents President Trump's effort to...

The Frackers Are Back: But Will There Ever Be A British Shale Gas Boom?

Fracking is due to return to the UK this week, as the shale gas company Cuadrilla prepares to start operations at a well in Lancashire – provided it can see...

New Bill Breathes New Life Into Efforts To Address Situation Of Lewis And Clark Lake, Potential Use: Frac Sand

New authorization in a federal water bill might allow the Army Corps of Engineers to take a step forward in addressing the filling in of Nebraska’s second largest lake.

State Of Wisconsin Won't Cite Mine For Lifesaving Wastewater Release

A frack sand mine won't be cited for releasing an estimated 10 million gallons of wastewater in order to rescue a worker trapped in a holding pond in western Wisconsin.

Concerns Raised Over Potential Chippewa County White Frac Sand Mine

There were tears and raised voices over a proposed mine in Chippewa County Monday night. Northern Sands Wisconsin LLC has submitted a non-metallic mine license application to the Town of...

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