Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Pete Cook, Editor

Issue #207 | February 20, 2019

This Week's News

Key Highlights And Analysis From The 4th Annual Frac Sand Industry Update Conference

Taylor Robinson, president of PLG Consulting, traveled to Houston, Texas to attend Petroleum Connections’ 4th Annual Frac Sand Industry Update conference in February 2019. In the following, Robinson shares his...

Crushing The Market With 225 Million Tons Of Frac Sand Supply

In less than three years, the frac sand market erupted with in-basin frac sand in each shale play. Gone are the days of Northern White Sand versus Brady Brown. Today,...

The Curious Case Of Northern White Trains In February 2019

This is the talk around sand town in February 2019. It is interesting. And it may be too soon to stick a fork in NWS 40/70 just yet…

Golf Sponsorships Have Sold At The 8th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference

Despite still being over 6 months away, The Petroleum Connection has announced that the Golf Sponsorship (the top level of sponsorship this year) have already sold out. Alpine Silica,...

Frac Sand Accumulates As Demand Weakens

Just a year after rushing into America’s busiest oil field with new mines, frac-sand producers may have overdone it. West Texas sand used in the hydraulic fracturing process will drop...

Hi-Crush Sees Stabilization Of Frac Sand Pricing And New Revenue Model

Hi-Crush Partners reported a loss in the fourth quarter of 2018 as a perfect storm of events, namely lower oil prices, poor weather, budget exhaustions, and slowing completions from inadequate...

A New Local Sand Entity Is Emerging From A Big Metamorphosis At Preferred

After hearing some rumblings about changes at Preferred Sands over the past week or two from industry contacts, we were able to contact new management and received a statement about...

Shale Support Secures Deal As Provider For Tier-One E&P

Shale Support Holdings, LLC, a leading provider of frac-sands and logistical solutions to the oil and gas proppant market, has announced it has finalized a deal as a provider for...

US Silica’s Intent Focus On SandBox Is Accompanied By A Realistic View On Local Sand (Live Blog Complete)

Every once in a while Infill Thinking "live blogs" earnings conference calls, sharing takeaways and highlighting what matters most seconds after management articulating their points. Today was one such occasion… and...

Emerge Energy Offers Board Seat To M&A Specialist

Emerge Energy has had a mind of its own lately, as it has generally performed inversely to overall benchmarks. When the S&P 500 or oil is down, usually EMES bucks...

Covia Lays Off 29 Employees At Wisconsin Mine

A sand mine in the town of Greenfield is laying off 29 employees. Covia Corp. informed the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that the layoffs, all hourly positions, include 17...

Online Job Postings Suggest That Covia’s Monahans Sand Plant Is Getting Some Enhancements

A couple job openings posted online late last week caught our eye and tipped us off on a new development that may have been occurring under the radar...

U.S. Silica Posts Smaller-Than-Expected Loss

Frac sand supplier U.S. Silica Holdings Inc reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Tuesday, helped by growth in its industrial and specialty products unit. Sales in the industrial & specialty...

PropX Claims To Prevail Again By Invalidating 24 SandBox Logistics Patent Claims

Proppant Express Investments, LLC today announced that on February 14, 2019 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“Patent Office”) invalidated 24 of 26 claims challenged by PropX from two of...

SandBox Claims Another Win At The Patent Office On Key Patent Claims

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. announced today that the United States Patent Office has confirmed two key claims of a patent which covers fundamental aspects of technology owned by its SandBox...

Permian Permits Powered Right On Through The Oil Price Storm

Each week we break down the rig count. Everyone can get their hands on the standard Baker Hughes rig count, but no one processes it week in and week out...

With DEQ Permit In Hand, Rick Tabish One Step Closer To Slag-To-Proppant Plant Reality

Rick Tabish, front man for the long-proposed slag processing plant outside Anaconda, has overcome one hurdle on the road to building a facility that, if it happens, will process old...

Minnesota Frac Sand Bill Seeks Taxes And Regulations

In its first effort to place boundaries on the state’s growing sand industry, the Legislature is considering a bill that would tax frac sand and set uniform, minimum standards to...

MS Industries Provides A New Source For Microppropant

MS Industries, is a mining and mineral development company and direct mining source located in Russellville Alabama, is a primary producer of a wide array of industrial silica products along...

Volvo Does An Equipment Promotional Video Showcasing Their Customer (U.S. Silica)

The industrial scene is a regular on the Bclip shoot calendar. Our videos with Volvo dive into the mighty powerhouses their equipment play a part in every day, like this...

Frac Sand Fraudster Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison

A San Antonio man who operated a frac sand transportation company will spend the next six years in prison after a judge sentenced him for cheating investors out of $3.6...

Former Texas State Senator Uresti Sentenced To Prison For Bribery

On Tuesday, former state senator from San Antonio Carlos Uresti was sentenced to five years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy to commit bribery...

Cuadrilla Refused Permission For New UK Fracking Operation

Cuadrilla refused permission for new UK fracking operation...

UK Fracking Industry Pushes For Review Of Earthquake Limits

The UK’s nascent fracking firms are headed for a crunch moment that will determine whether the industry has a future, according to observers and insiders. The past fortnight has seen...

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