Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #197 | December 12, 2018

This Week's News

Price Increase From U.S. Silica Does Not Apply To Frac Sand

One of the large frac sand providers, U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (stock ticker: SLCA), said today that its Industrial and Specialty Products business for silica sand will increase 2019 prices...

Direct Sourcing From An Operator's Perspective

Kicking off our Fridays In December 2018 guest post series is Jessica Barton, an E&P sourcing specialist with nearly a decade of supply chain management experience for leading operators in...

Could Local Sourcing Really Ever Go To This Extreme? Never Say Never...

The past couple years of shockingly expedient frac sand disruption has taught us to expect the unexpected and never say never. Could a new concept proposed by an Infill Thinking...

Fracking Slump Deepens As Schlumberger Walks Oil 'Tightrope'

The North American fracking market -- already expected to be a downer for the holidays -- is turning out to be even worse than expected, according to the world's biggest...

This Guarded 2019 Comment Carries More Weight Than The Confirmation Of Our 4Q18 Warning

When we attended the Petroleum Connection's frac sand conference in San Antonio in late-October (the largest frac sand event in history by the way), one of our key takeaways from...

Emerge Energy In Prime Position For New Pad Development Trends

Emerge Energy, along with other publicly traded frac sand names, is already seeing a possible trough in pricing despite slowdowns in industry activity occurring from colder winter weather, lack of...

IndustryVoice: Expertise For Every Basin

Vista Proppants and Logistics, LTD is a leading pure-play, in-basin provider of frac sand solutions in prolific producing regions in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, including the Permian Basin, Barnett...

Building A Better Mousetrap In The Last Mile Is Not Enough Anymore

In Infill Thinking's big 2019 logistics preview last week, one of the topics we broached was whether late entrants in the frac sand wellsite solutions market will be able to...

Rail Freight Sees First Decline In Months

After a mostly steady climb through this year, rail freight volumes on Class I railroads are on a downgrade, and uncertainty in 2019 is looming like a blind curve in...

Utah Mining Production Worth $3.3b In 2017, Up 7% From 2016

The mining industry in Utah is in no pit — it has actually grown, according to a new report. The industry's production value went up 7 percent from 2016 to...

Buchanan Disposal's Solid Waste Facility Drying Pad Opens January 1, 2019

The Midland Basin's most centrally located energy waste disposal facility will add Class One non-hazardous oilfield solid waste to its disposal capabilities in January of 2019.

Frac Sand Mines Available In Kermit

Those interested in opening a frac sand mine (or existing mines looking for additional capacity) should be aware of two opportunities in Kermit, Texas:

OmniTRAX Energy Solutions Receives 2018 STEER Eagle Ford Excellence Award For Safety

OmniTRAX Energy Solutions, a leading provider of comprehensive logistics services to the proppant supply chain and an affiliate of OmniTRAX, Inc, received the 2018 Eagle Ford Excellence Award for Safety...

Such Quantities of Sand, Indeed

With the Australian summer – and beach weather – upon us, Bill Langer reflects on the industrial uses of silica sand and how it complies with rigorous standards ...

PTAB Denies 'Same-Party' Joinder

In the opinion, the Board considered petitioner PropX's motion to join a second-filed IPR, which raised new issues, to an instituted IPR. In the lead up, PropX had timely...

Ventnor Resources Shareholders Approve Name Change To VRX Silica Ltd

Ventnor Resources Ltd shareholders have voted in favour of changing the company's name to VRX Silica Ltd as of today. The company believes the new name better reflects its objective...

Anti-Frac Sand Group Hiring 'Fellow' To Try To Find Permit Violations At Frac Sand Mines

The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) is a community, supported by a 501(c)(3) non-profit--which develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing...

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