Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #203 | January 23, 2019

This Week's News

Only Two More Weeks Until The 4th Annual Frac Sand Industry Update! With Fewer Than 50 Seats Still Available, Anyone Not Yet Registered Should Sign Up Today!

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A Game-Changing Last Mile Logistics Bill Has Been Drafted In Texas. Here’s What We Know…

Rumblings are growing louder about a potential new Texas law that could carry some weight in how sand travels in Texas’s last mile market (pun intended). In this exclusive report,...

PropX Wins Dismissal Of All SandBox Patent Litigation

Proppant Express Investments, LLC announced today that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has dismissed all patent infringement claims asserted by SandBox Logistics, LLC against PropX...

Press Release From The Defendant Confirms Analysis Of The Case Docket Last Week

Last Thursday, Infill Thinking broke the news about a ruling in a key last mile logistics battle after digging through court records to uncover an unsigned order from a judge....

Vista Proppants Has Commenced Outbound Rail Transload Facility To Enhance Frac Sand Delivery

Vista Proppants and Logistics, LLC has commenced operations of a transload terminal facility to facilitate enhanced delivery of frac sand into the Midland and Delaware Basins of the Permian Basin....

Railing Local Permian Frac Sand WITHIN The Basin Just Got Real

Last October, we published research introducing the idea of railing locally-mined West Texas frac sand within the Permian Basin. At the time, we wrote that the concept could gain traction...

Sands Of Time – Care & Grooming Of A Frac Sand Mine

Reminiscent of the 1889 Oklahoma Land Rush, the 2018 Permian Basin sand rush saw excited investors descend on the Basin, opening approximately 19 new sources of this granular gold. Black...

Sand Plants: Why You're Being Buried By The Competition

Everyone in the sand business is facing different challenges; Midwest facilities are feeling pressure from the increased availability in the Permian Basin. Sites in the Permian basin are seeing bottlenecks...

New Frac Sand Webinar Announced: Frac Sand Operations Today…Maximize Your Gains Tomorrow!

Join us on Tuesday, February 12 for a free webinar designed to help frac sand facility personnel understand how to troubleshoot the bottlenecks preventing them from achieving desired tonnage and...

Oil Gloom Turns To Boom As The Market’s Worst Fears Fade Away

Investors are the most optimistic on oil in two months as the worst fears that roiled markets at the end of the year start to dissipate. Hedge funds boosted their...

Fears Of US Shale Demise May Be Overblown

Recently, there has been some concern about the ability of U.S. shale, and in particular, the Permian Basin, to continue the meteoric increases in production that have characterized the past...

Oil Steadies Near Two-Month High As U.S. Drilling Slows Down

Oil steadied near a two-month high in New York amid a pullback in U.S. drilling activity, while ongoing U.S.-China trade talks left an uncertain outlook for demand.

Direct Sourcing Adoption Trends

Direct sourcing in the supply chain may feel like it’s been around forever since “everybody’s doing it” now. But it’s actually still very new and the repercussions are still reverberating....

Agenda For The 4th Annual Frac Sand Industry Update

Have you seen the latest agenda for the Frac Sand Industry Update, being held February 6 at The Petroleum Club of Houston? You’ll hear from industry leaders on topics...

Halliburton Closes 2018 With A $1.66 Billion Profit

Houston oil field service giant Halliburton finished 2018 with a $1.66 billion profit and beat Wall Street expectations despite weaker demand for its hydraulic fracturing services in North America.

Halliburton Names Mark Richard As New Western Hemisphere President

Houston oil services giant Halliburton has promoted company executive Mark Richard to serve as Western Hemisphere president.

Ex-Halliburton Chairman Dave Lesar To Start New Oil-Services Company

Dave Lesar, fresh from retiring as executive chairman of Halliburton Co. at the end of 2018, is working on a new venture in the oil patch with funding from private...

U.S. Could Soon Pump More Crude Than Saudis Can At Their Peak

America’s journey to preeminence in the global oil trade is about to hit another milestone. Propelled by the shale-oil boom, the U.S. is already producing more crude than either Russia...

Schlumberger Expects Flat Growth For U.S. Shale In 2019

The largest oil field service company in the world expects flat growth for U.S. shale in 2019. Schlumberger closed 2018 as a profitable year, modestly exceeding Wall Street expectations for...

2019 US Onshore E&P Budgets Starting To Fade In Aggregate

Some of the most important numbers of early-2019 are trickling out and we’re tracking them here so you don’t have to.

Cimarex Is Transitioning To Large Scale Development, Leveraging Lower Sand Costs

In addition, certain wells in XEC’s Snowshoe project, as well as the Animal Kingdom, will drive second half production for 2018. The Animal Kingdom wells in Culberson County are quite...

Kansas City Southern Railway Lands Permit To Build New Marine Terminal In Port Arthur

State regulators have issued a permit that will allow Kansas City Southern Railway Co. to build a rail and marine terminal in Port Arthur for crude oil, gasoline, ethanol and...

Railroad industry Surges During Oil Boom In Southeast New Mexico

Extraction continues to grow in permian Basin and southeast New Mexico, bringing more resources to the surface.

Outlook 2019: Rail-Car Forecast By Richard Kloster

Before jumping into the 2019 outlook for the rail equipment markets, a review of 2018 is in order. Going into 2018, the expectation was that freight-rail traffic growth would be...

North 40 Resources Purchases Rybak Gravel Pit In East Farmington, WI

North 40 Resources group met with the East Farmington, Wisc., town board on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, to discuss its purchase of the Rybak gravel pit on 267th Street, The...

Vikas Proppant & Granite Limited Updates On Business

Vikas Proppant & Granite Ltd has recently entered into a new niche market of Proppants manufacturing which ONGC and other oil and gas drillers are importing currently. The company has...

View Our Recorded Webinar Entitled “Future Proof Your Plant To Meet Tomorrow's Emission Standards”

During this free webinar (recorded), you’ll get a dust control check list for your sand plant. Key takeaways include understanding the impact of the new OSHA regulations on conveyor belts,...

Minnesota County Board Repeals 1980 Ordinance Taxing Mines For Aggregate Removal

A 1982 ordinance that created an aggregate removal tax was unanimously repealed by the Anoka County Board Jan. 8.

Monroe County To Consider Its Regulation Of Sand Mining

The Monroe County Sanitation and Zoning Committee will consider early next week whether to add provisions for sand mining to the county zoning ordinance.

Odessa A Destination For MOTRAN Vice President

Now vice president of the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance, Fawcett said he’d always wanted to visit West Texas. MOTRAN is an alliance between Odessa and Midland that has been instrumental in...

MSC Cruises Releases More Details On Private Island, Formerly Industrial Sand Mine; Expect Food Carts & Local Shopping

MSC Cruises has released more details about Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, the line's private island in the Bahamas, set to open in November.

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