Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #240 | October 9, 2019

This Week's News

In The Hurricane’s Eye – A Frac Sand Market Update & Datapoint Roundup

The best analogy we can think of for the frac sand market at the moment is that it is smack dab in the middle of the eye of the hurricane. In strong tropical cyclones, the eye is…

How are changes in lateral lengths affecting proppant amounts in the Eagle Ford?

Ask-the-Analyst: Todd Bush, Boyd Skelton, and Luke Smith. How are changes in lateral lengths affecting #proppant amount in the Eagle Ford...

Waiting on the frac sand floodgates to open

A lot can change in a year. Twelve months ago, the frac sand market was reaching new peaks, activity was at an all-time high and a rejuvenated market was booming with seemingly no end in sight...

Is oil headed back to $100 a barrel?

Between the huge influx of crude coming out of Texas shale fields and forecasts the gasoline-powered car is headed for extinction, it's not hard to see why some investors are betting low oil prices are here to stay. But one prominent analyst...


Propell and Stimline Announce Collaboration

Combining forces to accelerate the development of next generation well-site solutions. Propell and Stimline announced today...

Frac Sand Shipper Defends $49M Win Over Alleged Copycat

An attempt to undo a $49 million judgement after a jury found a container manufacturer had stolen proprietary designs for frac sand shipping containers amounts to a...

Permian Frac Sand Opens Division to Focus on Other Industrial Sand Markets

Introducing the new Industrial Arm of Permian Frac, PFS Aggregates. Our team offers many products from 12x20-100Mesh. These materials are now available in multiple packaging options, 50# bags, 3K# Super Sacks, and Bulk...

9 Reasons We Like High Crush Inc. And 3 Reasons We Are Not Buying Yet

High Crush Inc. sells frac sand and services to oil and gas drillers that use fracking to access oil and gas from their wells. Basically, if you frac a well you need to inject sand in order to hold the cracks open until all the oil leaks out...

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Smart Sand: Short Squeeze Thesis Undone

Smart Sand is incredibly undervalued on a book value basis, but the short float has risen in the month of August. This article seeks to explain...

A Last Mile Solution New To The Permian Just Completed Its First Job In West Texas…

After hearing from sand hauling contacts about a new last mile solution deploying in the Permian, we had a chance to catch up with the company to learn more about their activity in West Texas and the Lower 48…

Stevens Tanker Division closes and eliminates 586 jobs across Texas

Dallas-based Stevens Tanker Division has notified the state of Texas it will cease operations by October 15. The closure will permanently affect 586 jobs across Texas, according to a notice sent to the Texas Workforce Commission...

Will There Be Another Truck Shortage?

Our guest author today formed a sand hauling outfit with just a couple trucks in early-2015, just as oil prices began to plunge...

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Canadian National Unveils Plan For Winter Operations

While extremely cold temperatures are usually a factor that Canadian National considers when drafting its operational plan for winters, in the...

Eagle Ford vs. Permian – Which Is Closer To Finding The Floor On Drilling Activity?

We shine our spotlight on a Eagle Ford drilling leading indicator after our recent trip to the basin to gather firsthand market intel…

EP Energy files for bankruptcy amid struggles

Houston's EP Energy filed for bankruptcy protection Friday morning, the latest of a recent string of energy companies to pull the trigger on Chapter 11 bankruptcy...

Houston, We Have a Problem: The Case for Oil & Gas M&A in 2020

By now, the events that follow a merger of two publicly traded E&P companies are all too predictable. Typically, the announcement goes public, and the stock price tumbles...

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Value over volume: Shale development in the era of cash

he US unconventional sector has been in growth mode for years. Liquids production has risen by 5.1 million barrels per day since 2013, 85 percent of which has come from independents. In a previous article...

Is US Tight Oil A 'Ponzi Scheme?'

As US oil and gas stock prices languish, there is some nagging concern about the financial health of the industry. Despite turning the world’s largest importer of crude oil into a global exporter, questions linger about profitability and financial leverage...

Industrial Sand Goes To Washington

From 1996 to 2011, John was an executive at US Silica with his tenure culminating as Chief Executive Officer. Today, he is the Industrial Sand Division Director at NSSGA, and he wrote in with an update on…

Environmental Groups Sue To Get Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Added To Endangered Species List

Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration to secure federal protections for a reptile that makes its home among the shinnery oak sand dunes in West Texas and Southeast New Mexico...

Reptile Conservationists Make Good On Litigation Threat. Will This Finally Get The Ball Rolling Towards DSL Resolution?

With the materialization of this lawsuit, we highly recommend revisiting this piece of Infill Thinking research from July…

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