Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #219 | May 15, 2019

It was an unusual week for frac sand news. Despite some big industry news and earnings calls, there was little coverage outside of Infill Thinking.

Instead, we got a lot of negative news, very technical articles, and environmental attack pieces. On a positive note, the frac sand conference in September is coming together and soon we’ll be officially announcing the addition of the Frac Sand Equipment Expo to the conference again in 2019!

Have a great rest of the week.

This Week's News

It’s Always Darkest Before The Dawn. And It’s Getting Pretty Dark Around The Texas Sandpatch

We provide updated thoughts on the market conditions for frac sand in Texas...

Black Mountain CEO Rhett Bennett Named 2019 Entrepreneur Of Excellence In Energy

We are incredibly honored to announce that our CEO Rhett Bennett has won the 2019 Entrepreneur of Excellence in Energy! Congrats Rhett!!

Hi Crush Sales Fall On Lower Frac Sand Price

US frac sand miner Hi Crush has reported a sharp drop in proppant sales prices in the first quarter of 2018, compared with the corresponding period in 2018, according to...

Silver Sponsorships Sold Out At Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference

The Petroleum Connection has announced that the Silver Sponsorship level has sold out for the 8th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference. Those interested in having a 10’x10’ booth...

Two Notable Frac People On The Move

In this asset-intensive business, talent shifts are often ignored. But we believe people matter. We also believe that recruiting datapoints often carry implications for oilfield trends, value creation, and competitive...

Frac Sand Producer In Wisconsin Faces Bankruptcy As Industry Shifts

A major frac sand mining company with operations in Wisconsin is facing bankruptcy while an industry analyst says up to 75 percent of mines in Wisconsin that supply oil and...

Moody's Downgrades Preferred Proppant's CFR To C Following A Distressed Exchange

Moody's Investors Service downgraded Preferred Proppants, LLC's Corporate Family Rating to C from Caa3, Probability of Default Rating to D-PD from Caa3-PD, and senior secured term loan rating to C...

Lonquist Frac Sand Services Announces The Opening Of New Frac Sand Testing Lab In Edmonton, AB

Lonquist Frac Sand Services is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of our new frac sand testing laboratory in Edmonton, AB. Lonquist Frac Sand Services has been providing testing services...

2 Workers Killed At Frac Sand Terminal Construction Site

Two people are dead following a construction accident Tuesday morning at a fracking sand storage and shipping facility in northwestern Alberta.Occupational Health and Safety is investigating the workplace incident which...

Facebook Fracking? Facebook Development Meets Opposition In Tierra Del Mar

Coastal residents are reportedly organizing to stop what they say amounts to a fracking project under a pristine beach. A letter was recently circulated in the community of Tierra Del...

First-Ever Oilfield Water Business And Finance Conference Opens For Registration

This June, a Conference Titled "Oilfield Water: Identifying & Financing The Right Solution" Will Gather Business Leaders and Finance Professionals in Houston to Discuss Business Model Evolution, Market Structure and...

OxyDarko It Is As Chevron Walks With Their Billion…

As our newsletter this past Tuesday predicted, Chevron walked….

Drilling Down: Horizontal Drilling Drought Grips Barnett Shale

A horizontal drilling drought has gripped a region of North Texas credited as the birthplace of the shale revolution. The Barnett Shale has now gone more than a month without...

Struggling Oilfield Service Company Weatherford To File For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The oilfield services company Weatherford International has entered into an agreement with its top creditors that will allow the company to file for a "prepackaged" Chapter 11 bankruptcy — after...

Is The Shale Boom About To Go Bust?

The shale industry faces an uncertain future as drillers try to outrun the treadmill of precipitous well declines. For years, companies have deployed an array of drilling techniques to extract...

Reports Of Schlumberger’s Hauling Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated…

What’s really going on with Schlumberger’s trucking unit? We discuss the story behind the story here…

Railroad Day 2019: Cooperation And Problem-Solving

Participants came from every part of our industry—short lines and Class I’s, rail labor, suppliers, contractors, shippers and local economic development officials. It was a show of force that focused...

La Salle County Agrees To Riverfront Lease With Midwest Barge

After much discussion, the La Salle County Board agreed to a 10-year lease agreement with Midwest Barge Terminal to operate a barge fleeting operation on county-owned property along the Illinois...

Going With The Flow

Since the first hydraulic fracturing experiment in 1947, millions of frac jobs have been pumped in vertical and horizontal wells around the world.1 Yet, after more than 70 years, a...

Scale Sand Production With Modular Natural Gas Power

To continue to reduce costs, frac sand companies and oil companies have started to build their own frat sand mines in the Permian Basin, located mostly in the western part...

Impact Of Decline Parameters On Your Expected Ultimate Recoverable Reserves

The Estimated Ultimate Recovery is one of the most important attributes typically calculated in unconventional wells (horizontal fractured wells in resource plays). EUR is defined as the projected hydrocarbons recovery...

Rethinking Resource Utilization

The Bakken has sparked several unique to the region projects that in their own way could each streamline, optimize, or offer a new and better alternative in storing produced gas,...

Current Characteristics Of Bakken Well Completions

As the well count in the Bakken or Three Forks shale formations continues to grow, the strategies deployed to hydraulically fracture each new well have changed when compared to previous...

Chippewa County Study Claims Sand Mining, Agriculture Lead To Stream Declines

A multi-year study of groundwater use in Chippewa County shows that stream levels can be negatively impacted by frac sand mining and irrigated agriculture. Authors and stakeholders say the results...

Frac Sand Lawsuit Lingers Over Refusal To Give Up Permit

Six months after a mining company said it had scrapped plans for a contested frac sand operation in western Wisconsin, a lawsuit is still lingering as the company refuses to...

Environmental Group Says Hollow Water Sand Mining Project ‘Deadly'

An environmental group in the province is now asking the federal government to step in and take over an environmental assessment of a frack sand mine in Hollow Water First...

Documents Reveal A Lizard’s Role In The West Texas Fracking Boom

Bud Brigham, the owner of Austin-based Atlas Sand, had a problem: Four thousand acres of remote West Texas property his company had leased from the state to mine sand for...

Community Getting Answers After Atascosa County Sand Mine Spill Damages Properties

More than six months ago, a storm turned an Atascosa County creek orange and flooded nearby properties, alarming nearby landowners. It wasn’t until later that they learned a pond at...

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  • Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 8:00 am
  • General Sessions with Breaks in the Exhibit Hall 8:30 am
  • Conference Closes 12:00 pm
  • Exhibit Hall Beak Down & Move-Out 12:00 pm
  • Conference Golf Outing 1:00 pm


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