Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #303 | December 23, 2020

The Cook Family and The Petroleum Connection wish you and yours a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year.  2020 was a challenging year from a business perspective, but it did give us an opportunity to straighten out priorities, spend more time with family, and improve our business operations.  God-willing, we can use the lessons learned to make 2021 a great one!

This Week's News

Frac Scattershooting: 8 Notable Quick Hits From The Sand Patch

In addition to the other research updates published this week, a variety of miscellaneous datapoints from around the frac patch and the sand patch from Infill Thinking this week...

Petroteq Energy Announces Sand Tailings Are Suitable as a Frac Sand

The Company completed an evaluation of the clean sand tailings that are a byproduct of the oil extraction process. It was determined that 60-70% of the sand falls within a 40-140 mesh size range and has a crush strength exceeding 8,000 psi, giving the sand...

Watch This Potential Supply Chain Crunch, Which Threatens Post-Christmas Fracs

Anxiety is building among our contacts in sand’s last mile about trucker availability between Christmas and New Years...

WSJ: Fracking: From Breaking Shale to Breaking Even

Understanding the mechanics and economics of fracking can help investors understand the dizzyingly cyclical nature of energy markets...


Buyer Behavior Cliff Notes As Diamondback Consolidates The Northern Midland Basin

On the Monday before Christmas, Diamondback scooped up QEP and Guidon, consolidating a big chunk of Northern Midland Basin acreage.  In the deal disclosures, Diamondback says they will shift their planned 2021 capex budget towards developing...

Fracking sector consolidates, eyes green shoots after turbulent year

Frackers and frac sand miners are anticipating a turnaround in fortunes and a large-scale reconfiguration of the industry after a dramatic year of bankruptcies in the wake of a turbulent oil market...

Eagle Ford New Well Demand Trends Into Year-End – Positive But Not As Compelling As The Permian

After publishing this POSITIVE Permian permitting update last week, Infill Thinking heard from several members asking for the same look at the Eagle Ford...

PropTester Offering Virtual Lab Tour

Opportunity to tour their lab on January 22...

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8 Notes About Frac People On The Move – Talent Exodus In Full Swing

Individuals are often overlooked in this asset-intensive sector, but talent shifts can have big implications for value creation, oilfield trends, sales and competitive dynamics...

Big data’s benefits to freight rail and the overall supply chain

Automation and connectivity are the two big themes as freight rail and supply chain operations become digitized, says Forbes...

'Biden ban' on federal oil and gas leasing could cost New Mexico, U.S. economies billions

As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office in January, environmental groups sought to hold the Biden administration accountable for campaign promises to ban new oil and gas leases on federal land and potentially end the practice of hydraulic fracturing or fracking...

Advocacy groups question legality of spending $16M in virus aid on fracking in North Dakota

Two advocacy groups are questioning the legality of the state's new program that funnels federal coronavirus aid to oil companies to reimburse part of the cost of fracking wells...

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