Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Pete Cook, Editor

Issue #225 | June 26, 2019

Frac sand news continues to be pretty interesting. There are more nuanced articles these days, versus the countless articles from 2017-2018 that were just announcing new mines and services! The dust seems to be settling a bit (excuse the pun), with companies working to position themselves well in their niche. Several companies providing services to the frac sand world are also looking at opportunities related to oilfield water, which was evident by the number of those companies who attended the sold-out Oilfield Water event put on by our sister company last week.

Don’t forget to sign up for the largest frac sand event of the year! The 8th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference continues to trend well. Silver Sponsorships are sold out, Golf is just about to sell out, and we only have 5 Gold Sponsorship opportunities remaining. Registrations continue to come in and we’re trending for 700+ attendees and 100+ sponsors. Don’t wait too long to book your hotel room! We’ve expanded our room block, but it is nearly sold out again! We look forward to seeing you there!

Have a great rest of the week.

This Week's News

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