Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #218 | May 8, 2019

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This Week's News

BREAKING: Hi-Crush Makes Acquisitions To Bolster Their Execution Capabilities In The Last Mile

Breaking news involving the acquisition of an innovative last mile boutique and a software platform that Infill Thinking has been covering for quite some time...

Gordon Brothers’ 12-Month Outlook On Frac Sand Production & Demand

Industry forecast uncertain: Driven by volatile oil prices, there is significant uncertainty in the market for 2019. With the long list of in-basin mines in the Permian and other basins,...

Great Visualization Of The Top 5 Basins In Total Proppant Pumped By Year

Top 5 Basins in Total Pumped Proppant (Million Pounds) per Year...

Is Texas Oil The New Gold Rush?

Compared to the last West Texas oil boom in 2014, there's almost four times more oil flowing in the Permian Basin. Oil and gas companies have turned this dusty, desert...

Why West Texas Proppant Was Bound To Be King Of The Sand Hill

A recent development in the onshore US oil and gas market has been the rise of locally sourced sand to serve as proppant for hydraulic fracturing. Although initially met with...

Interested In Buying Or Selling A Frac Sand Mine?

The Petroleum Connection can work on behalf of companies to confidentially reach out to other parties to see if there is an opportunity to pursue a transaction. Those interested in...

Frac Sand Equipment Company Hit By Tornado

We were pleased to hear that no one was hurt when a tornado hit McCourt & Sons Equipment in La Grange, Texas...

Ramsey Hill Exploration On Track To Open In-Basin Sand Mine In Uintah Basin

Ramsey Hill Exploration, a company based in River Falls, Wisconsin, recently purchased property and is planning to mine frac sand west of Highway 191 about five miles north of Vernal...

US Silica Says It Feels A Little Like The Good Old Days For Northern White

In the pithy bullet points below, here’s what all frac supply chain folks should know from US Silica’s remarks on their earnings call this week...

U.S. Silica Cites Improved Sand Volume, Pricing In Smaller Than Expected Loss

U.S. Silica +6% pre-market after reporting a smaller than expected Q1 loss and a 2.6% Y/Y rise in revenues to $378M amid a resurgence in volume and pricing for Northern...

Labor Strike Shuts Down A NWS Plant Temporarily

Here’s the latest on a plant worker strike that is impacting NWS supply...

Athabasca Minerals Increases Ownership In Duvernay Frac Sand Project

Athabasca Minerals Inc. is pleased to announce that it has increased its ownership in the Duvernay Frac Sand Project to 49.6% through the acquisition of an additional 33.4% interest in...

Solaris Sand Silos Inch Toward A Quasi Delivered Solution Model Vs. Rental Only

In the pithy bullet points below, here’s what all frac supply chain folks should know from Solaris’s remarks on their earnings call last week. Their words. Their views. Not ours...

Houston Startup Buys Pioneer's Eagle Ford Assets For $475M

Houston startup Ensign Natural Resources said Tuesday it bought the Eagle Ford assets of Dallas' Pioneer Natural Resources for about $475 million. The deal makes Pioneer a pure-play Permian Basin...

IAC Announces New “ECO Series” Rapid Deployment Frac Sand Plant

Industrial Accessories Company, the premier New Plant EPC Contractor and innovative equipment and service supplier to the Frac Sand industry, has announced the next generation of frac sand plants...

Wayfinder Partners With TR Transport To Provide Last Mile Frac Sand Delivery And Logistics Solutions

Wayfinder Corp. has partnered with TR Transport Inc. to provide last mile frac sand delivery and logistics solutions. The added service strengthens the company’s commitment to “Total Proppant Management”, which...

Smart Hauling At Big Blue (Infill Thinking’s Silica Valley Series)

This is the fifth installment in our Silica Valley Series which shines the spotlight on an increasingly critical part of the frac value chain: new software solutions in the last...

Westward Environmental Announces A Series Of Articles, Leveraging Their Expertise In Frac Sand Exploration

Frac sand exploration has been a main focus of Westward's Geology Department since 2015. Since that time, almost 1,300 borings have been drilled over 200,000 acres across 6 states in...

Inside Frac Sand: Running A Frac Sand Mine

Operating a frac sand mine seems so simple. After all, the process is straightforward, predictable and linear...

Jefferies Sees 4 Huge Winners, Including Eagle Materials, In Potential $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

If there was ever an issue that everybody can agree on in a bipartisan manner, it’s the fact that our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling. Everything from bridges and tunnels to...

These Energy Excellence Awards Finalists Say That Finding A Niche Is Key To Exporting Success

Citadel Drilling Ltd. had one good year of running room in western Canadian after its founding in 2013. Then oil price collapsed, leaving the company scrambling to find a return...

San Francisco Area Parks Department Promoting A Tour Of A Former Silica Sand Mine As A Great Mothers’ Day Outing

Mother’s Day is May 12, and several East Bay Regional Park District locations will observe it with programs celebrating moms of human and animal varieties. At Crab Cove Visitor Center...

NOV Is Hosting A Customer Appreciation Shrimp Boil, Which Will Also Showcase Plenty Of Equipment…Like This Sandbank Proppant Silo System

Take a look at our SandBank Proppant Silo System being set up for our Shrimp Boil customer event next week...

Interesting Video Of Slot Flow Test With Slick Water And Two Different Proppants

Interesting video of slot flow test with slick water and two different proppants ... 2.0 specific gravity CARBOAIR vs 2.65 specific gravity sand demonstrating the impact on propped fracture geometry...

Minnesota Now Fifth-Largest Mining State, It Could Have Been Number Two

According to the United States Geological Survey, Minnesota mined $4.05 billion in non-fuel minerals in 2018, making it the fifth-largest state for mining, in terms of the value of minerals...

Frac Sand Mine Owner Will Fight Back Over Environmental Groups And Landowner Claims

A spokesman for a frac sand mining company says they’ll fight claims from landowners in the Whitehall and Blair area are inundating their homes with dust, polluting their wells with...

DNR Declines To Re-issue Permit For Controversial Frac Sand Mine; Case Likely To Be Decided In Court

After a nearly yearlong review, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has declined to reinstate a wetland permit for a controversial Monroe County frac sand operation...

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