Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #342 | September 29, 2021

Another week for the ever-evolving frac sand world! Oil prices hit a three year record, wet sand continues to grow, production restriction requests in the Midland Basin, and more.


Dive into the latest and greatest happenings below!


And now, the news…



This Week's News

Wet Sand Renovations About To Begin At Chesapeake’s Burleson Mine

Chesapeake adding permanent infrastructure dedicated to wet sand in their Burleson, Texas sand mine.

How lithium can be efficiently extracted from oil and gas wastewater

New research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences proposes the idea of rapidly extracting lithium from contaminated water.

BIG News On Midland Basin Production Front As RRC Requests PW Injection Curtailments Due To Seismicity…

On Friday, 9/24/21, the TX RRC press released that it has sent a notice to the operators of 76 SWDs in the Midland basin requesting they curtail their maximum daily injection rate to 10kbpd in response to increasing seismic activity in the Midland Basin.

Oil Hits Three-Year High as Natural-Gas Crunch Spills Into Crude Market

A shortfall in global energy supplies spilled into crude markets on Tuesday, pushing oil prices to their highest levels in three years before pulling back amid a broader selloff in financial markets.

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A Big Push On The Damp Sand Flywheel

Infill Thinking team provides their report from Chesapeake’s Burleson Sand Plant open house.

Investors Bet Environmental Fears Will Crunch Commodity Supply, Lifting Prices

Investors are ramping up wagers that a global push to lower carbon emissions will hamper commodity production, pushing up prices for everything from natural gas to aluminum.

Energy Recovery Tech Helps Oil Industry Grow Cleaner, Safer And Simpler

The heightened awareness and focus on ESG (Environment, Safety and Governance) considerations by investors, regulators and customers has raised the stakes for companies in all industries in recent years, and oil and gas ranks near the top of the list.

South Texas Frac Supply Chain Roiled By Covid

Last week all the talk in the Eagle Ford frac supply chain market was of a mine closure that rapidly tightened the local proppant marketplace. One of the largest and more reliable plants in the region – Signal Peak Silica’s Atascosa Mine has temporarily closed.

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UK: About fracking time! The Government must revisit its shale moratorium

To give you a sense of the problem in the UK, wholesale gas prices are up 250% since January – with a 70% rise since August. According to their Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy last year 60% of UK’s natural gas was imported.

Citing climate consensus, California’s top regulator offers detailed explanation of why he denied Aera fracking permits

State Oil and Gas Supervisor Uduak-Joe Ntuk responded that he has discretion to reject well applications as he sees fit and with an explanation of climate change's impacts on health, the environment and the economy.

Rig Market Heats Up

Rig count keeps rising (US land rig count is now up 263 rigs y/y, more than double vs. a year ago) as operators are now adding rigs to offset DUC declines.

EU: Europe Is Pumping Less Gas as Demand Rebounds, Leaving a Gap Russia Is Filling

The European Union taxes carbon emissions to discourage use of fossil fuels and has promoted renewable sources of energy to replace them.

A Sand Hauler Starts A Fast-Paced ESG Re-Fleeting Mission…

Over the next six months, FilaMar will expand their early ESG re-fleeting initiative four-fold.

Factors for Shale Producers to Consider When Tackling FDIs

A shale expert shares some insight on factors to evaluate when optimizing hydraulic fracturing.

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