Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #263 | March 18, 2020

We’re praying for you, my friends.  Not any good news in this week’s articles.  We did postpone the Mobile-Mini Frac Sand Mine Forum from April 17 until July 1.  Hopefully things can return, somewhat, to normal by then.  While sometimes the measures being taken seem extreme, it is good to remember that we are going through all this to help protect the most vulnerable among us.  And this has been a great opportunity to spend more time with the family, to check in (via video conferencing) with friends and family, and to catch up on things which have been neglected.
We’ll get through this together.  Stay safe. 

This Week's News

Seems Impossible, But Things Got Worse Between Black Monday & Friday The Thirteenth

As last week wore on, we had hoped it would get better. It did not. We had also hoped that our initial concern expressed on Tuesday was overstated when we wrote then that the swiftest...

Hi-Crush Announces Its First Mobile Processing Unit: OnCore Processing

Hi-Crush is pleased to announce an extension of its logistics and equipment service offerings, with the commencement of engineering on its first mobile processing unit, to be branded...

Mobile-Mini Frac Sand Mine Forum Postponed

The Petroleum Connection has announced that the Mobile-Mini Frac Sand Mine Forum has been postponed from April 17 to July 1, 2020. Due to the coronavirus complications, travel restrictions...

Flu Fear On The Frac Site

If this virus can can shut down Major League Baseball and Disney Land, why should we expect that frac sites will be any different and stay open as virus reaction spreads...


Where will frac sand company export Iowa’s water?

State officials want to know where a mining company proposes sending Iowa water and how it will be used once it leaves the state. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources told Pattison...

Vikas Proppant & Granite announced an order 75,500 tons of proppant in Algeria

Vikas Proppant & Granite announced that the company will be shipping the entire quantities completing the entire order of 75500 tons ordinary proppant aggregating to approx. Rs 455 crore to...

Sand company back in compliance with Chippewa County

Afrac sand company in Wisconsin has re-emerged from bankruptcy and has brought its Chippewa County mine back into compliance with state and local regulations...

Athabasca Minerals Inc. Hires Tanya Finney as Director, Investor and Stakeholder Relations

Athabasca Minerals Inc. announces that Ms. Tanya Finney has joined the Corporation’s leadership team as Director, Investor and Stakeholder Relations, effective March 16, 2020. Tanya will...

Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Winona County Silica Sand Mining Ban

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Winona County’s ban on the mining and processing of silica sand, which is used in the oil and gas industry for hydraulic fracturing...

Weatherford returns to profitability after leaving bankruptcy

Chapter 11 bankruptcy allowed Houston oilfield service company Weatherford International to close 2019 with its first profit in more than six years. The company made $5.3 billion in the fourth quarter...

Out Of Service? OFS Firms Brace For Bankruptcies As Price War Could Slash $250 Billion Off E&P Budgets

The total capital and operational expenditure of exploration and production companies is now likely to be cut by $100 billion in 2020 and another $150 billion in 2021 if oil prices remain on a $30 level...

The Latest Tally On NAM E&P Budget Cuts In Response To The 2020 Oil Price Crash

Here are the E&Ps that have publicly announced cuts in the wake of the Sunday, March 8, oil market collapse…

Saudis to hike oil export to record 10 million barrels a day

Saudi Arabia plans to boost oil exports even further from April to May, reaching a record of more than 10 million barrels a day as the kingdom taps a new field...

Demand meltdown crushes fuel prices, drags crude to 4-year low

It’s getting tougher for refiners to make money on gasoline as demand plunges, signaling more dark days ahead for oil markets. The U.S. benchmark crude tumbled to a four-year low Monday while...

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Factoring 2020 DOT Drug & Alcohol Reg Changes Into Frac’s Last Mile

When Phil Baxter recently asked me if I had looked into the big changes that were made in January to the FMSCA’s drug and alcohol policies (and the impact they could have on hauling capacity in the...

Unified Plan helps smooth operations for Union Pacific

From their 19th floor offices at Union Pacific Railroad’s headquarters, senior executives have a spectacular view of downtown Omaha, Nebraska. They can catch a glimpse of the nearby Creighton...

Commentary: There are too many freight cars. How did we get into such a mess?

My thesis is that the North American railcar fleet is too large. What makes it too large?Reasonable people can agree that with almost one-quarter of the available and usable cars in storage, that’s not a sustainable business model...

Container shortage in China disrupting global shipping

Subsequent to the outbreak of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus that began in China’s Wuhan province, not all of the country’s workers have returned to their jobs after the extended break for the...

Did Joe Biden just pledge to ban fracking in debate against Bernie Sanders?

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden momentarily appeared to take a harder line on oil and gas drilling during Sunday's debate with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. After Sanders pressed...

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