Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #229 | July 24, 2019

Plenty of interesting frac sand news this week. It seems like we have accepted the state of things and gotten to work to make the best of it. Still plenty of sand being mined, moved, and used! Don’t wait too long to register for the 8th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference, and we put together a free webinar to help you make the most of it!

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This Week's News

Starting To Sound Like A Broken Record… But There’s ANOTHER Bankruptcy In Frac Sand

The “Summer Of Restructuring” continues in frac sand. This week, we identified a third Chapter 11 filing in the space…

Are We Seeing The Sweet Spot? And Proppant Load Per Foot Reveals Additional Perspective

Proppant load sweet spots in the Powder River Basin: at what point are operators seeing diminishing returns? We're at URTeC 2019, booth #1033. Stop by to find out! Ian Deighton...

Is The Eagle Ford Turning Back To Northern White Sand?

On July 17, 2019, Ryan Carbrey and Ryan Hassler of Rystad Energy hosted a US Land Oilfield Service Update. During the webinar, they discussed drilling and frac efficiency improvements,...

View The “How To Get The Most From Your Conference Experience” Webinar

With only two months remaining before the 8th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference, join Pete Cook, President of the Petroleum Connection, as he discusses tips and tricks on...

Overview Of The North American Proppant Market

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), over 63% of sand mined in the United States is used for frac. This role of sand is constantly increasing within the proppant...

Disruption And Commoditization Of The Proppant Industry

What was once an exclusive, niche industry, providing essential materials used for oil and gas well completions, the proppant industry has undergone substantial and sometimes abrupt changes within the past...

Smart Sand Seeks Permit In Jackson County; Public Has Until July 24 To Comment

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comments regarding the construction of a sand mine in Jackson County. The DNR has already given preliminary approval to Smart Sand...

Ho-Chunk Nation Ends Negotiations With Meteor Timber

The Ho-Chunk Nation has notified Meteor Timber that it is withdrawing from negotiations for consideration of their $75M frac sand facility. Throughout their settlement discussions, the Ho-Chunk Nation has valued...

Emerge Energy Can Tap $7.5M Of Its $35M Ch. 11 Financing

A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for silica sand proppant mining company Emerge Energy LP to tap into an initial $7.5 million of its $35 million new...

Mine Issue Lingers Before Osceola, WI Board

Osceola High School students presented a petition to Osceola Village Board members last week on behalf of area residents concerned about silica sand mining in Farmington. The signatures represent opposition...

Black Mountain Article On Sand Handling

There are hundreds of drilling rigs active in the U.S. and almost every one of those is making ready for thousands of tons of sand to be pumped downhole shortly...

Permian Frac Sand Workforce Peaks & Dips For The First Time

Earlier this year, Infill Thinking predicted that the Permian frac sand workforce would peak during 2Q19. Analysis of 2Q19 actual workforce trends confirms the prediction has panned out.

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Current Trends In U.S. Shale Plays: Part 2- Bakken Shale

In the previous blog, we discussed about the key drivers and upcoming trends in Permian basin which includes increase in proppant intensity, pipelines bottlenecks and recent mergers and acquisitions to...

Permian Producers May Need To Spend More Or Consider Mergers

As the sweet spots of the booming Permian Basin are drilled, oil companies will need to either spend more money or consider mergers and acquisitions to keep up their crude...

E&P Consolidation Is A Catalyst For More Oilfield Water Divestitures & Recycling

Towards the end of the press release on Callon’s acquisition of Carrizo this week, a comment on oilfield water caught our eye.

Schlumberger Appoints Olivier Le Peuch As Company's New CEO

Oilfield service giant Schlumberger has promoted chief operating officer Olivier Le Peuch to become the company's new CEO. After more 22 years of service, Schlumberger's longtime CEO Paal Kibsgaard is...

Halliburton Cuts 8% Of North American Jobs In Frack Slowdown

Halliburton Co. is shifting strategy in its largest region to deal with subdued customer spending by trimming 8% of its North American workforce and shelving unused frack gear.

KC Southern Says Q2 Revenues Hit Record Amid Improving Efficiency

Kansas City Southern chugs to the top of the Dow Transports after reporting better than expected Q2 earnings and reaching record revenues of $714M despite volume headwinds.

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Union Pacific Confident In Its March Towards A Lower Operating Ratio

Union Pacific still expects to reach a previously stated goal of an annual operating ratio of below 61 percent for 2019 despite lower rail volumes in the first half of...

For The Second Quarter In A Row, Frac Sand Car Loads Are Stable At This Big Line

Here’s what completions supply chain folks need to know about Union Pacific’s market commentary Thursday morning…

Rail Hook-Up Would Benefit Cameron, WI Industry

Just before it goes beneath the two bridges that make up the west- and eastbound lanes of U.S. Hwy. 8 at Cameron, the Union Pacific Railroad track is unused and...

Lawsuit Launched To Protect Imperiled Dunes Sagebrush Lizard In Texas, New Mexico

Conservation groups filed a notice today of their intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect the severely imperiled dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act. The...

DSL Headline Fatigue Is Real, But So Is This New Lawsuit Threat…

An important E&P capex update this week reads distinctly negative for anyone hoping for an oilfield spending increase in 2020. Here’s the relevant excerpt...

Man Arrested At City Council Meeting Discussing Frac Sand Mine

A man was arrested after two men fought to have the last word during a recent Kanab City Council meeting, jail records show. William James, 40, was arrested July 9...

Newest Youth Migrant Shelter On Border Is A Refashioned Camp For Oil Workers

An hour away from the U.S.-Mexico border in tiny Carrizo Springs, Texas, is the Studios, a nondescript one-story structure set on 27 acres. Stratton Oilfield Systems, a subsidiary of Stratton...

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