Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #377 | June 15, 2022

There’s a lot to digest in this digest. If you’ve got a busy morning, mark this as “unread” and come back to it later.



  • Department of Labor has decided it’s cracking down on silica dust in mines
  • Half of E&Ps increase their ’22 budgets
  • Continental could go totally private
  • US Silica to keep frac sand integrated with industrial


And so much more! Let’s dive in.


And now, the news…

This Week's News

As Expected, US Department Of Labor Is Taking Action On Silica Dust At Mines

The Department of Labor has laid out its “unprecedented effort to protect miners from serious illnesses” related to respirable silica.

Mister Sandman

Amid the shifting landscape of the oil patch over the last two-plus years, completions have been among the sectors most buffeted by the changes. And frac sand is right in the middle of the storm.

Atlas Sand Welcomes Jon Tutuncu as Chief Commercial Officer

Responsible for strategy, sales, marketing, business development and customer experience, Jon will play an integral role in shaping the strategic direction of the company and lead initiatives that include innovative solutions based on automation, robotics and advanced technologies.

Only A Matter Of Time Until ALL U.S. E&Ps Hike Their 2022 Budgets? Some For The 1st Time, Some Again?

E&P spending plans are evolving rapidly, but when are we going to see all operators adjust their budgets?

US gas heartland woos foreign buyers as Europe’s energy crisis deepens

Toby Rice, CEO of EQT, took dignitaries from over a dozen foreign countries into the heart of the Appalachians.

Permian DUCs Are NOT A Concern For Frac

Analysis into what to expect in rig count and DUCs going forward.

US oil producers ignore Biden’s rallying call to drill

Capital discipline, supply chain woes, and soaring input costs (especially frac sand) keep production far below pre-pandemic peak.

Fracking Pioneer Harold Hamm Moves to Take Continental Resources Private

The billionaire wildcatter is offering about $4.3 billion to buy shares in the shale driller his family doesn’t own.

No Deal… Quick Thoughts About U.S. Silica Maintaining Their Status Quo

U.S. Silica will not separate their industrial sand business from frac sand.

Southern Energy ties in Mississippi chalk well production

Southern’s Generation 3 completion design increased the stage count by over 275% and the proppant concentration by over 40% as compared with the most recent Selma Chalk horizontal wells completed in Mississippi between 2013 and 2015, and initial flowback performance suggests that the increased completion intensity is having a positive result.

Macro Meltdown, But OFS May Be Best House In Bad Neighborhood!

While the economy hops into a bear market, how're we looking?

The States With the Most and Least Expensive Gas Prices: See the Map

Gas taxes, fuel infrastructure availability, and cost of labor and real estate all determine gas prices across states.

Frac Sand Weekly News Digest logo

Get relevant announcements and news from major outlets, industry leaders, and local media so you always know what’s happening and changing in the frac sand industry.

Subscribe to get our carefully curated summary of relevant frac sand related news and analysis delivered to your inbox each Wednesday morning.

We keep your data private and share your data only with third parties that make this service possible.

Share Your News

Send us your press releases and any other news articles which you believe would be of interest to our readers. Email submissions to [email protected]


Do you offer goods or services focused on the frac sand supply chain? Advertise in the Frac Sand Weekly News Digest.


  • Frac Sand Equipment Expo Begins 9:00 am
  • Exhibitor Setup for Frac Sand Conference 1:00 pm
  • Frac Sand Equipment Expo Ends 4:00 pm
  • Speaker/Sponsor Reception at Frac Sand Equipment Expo 4:00 pm



  • Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 8:00 am
  • General Sessions with Breaks in the Exhibit Hall 8:30 am
  • Conference Closes 12:00 pm
  • Exhibit Hall Beak Down & Move-Out 12:00 pm
  • Conference Golf Outing 1:00 pm


  • Frac Sand Equipment Expo 20'x40' Space $3,500
  • VIP Dinner on November 19th $7,500
  • Coffee Mugs SOLD
  • Notebook SOLD
  • Speaker/Sponsor Reception on November 18th SOLD
  • Conference Mobile App $3,000
  • Day 1 Kick-Off SOLD
  • Day 2 Kick-Off $3,000
  • Lanyard SOLD
  • Networking Lunch on November 19th SOLD
  • Networking Reception Glasses SOLD
  • Day 1 Morning Break (Video ad) $2,500
  • Day 1 Afternoon Break (Video ad) $2,500
  • Day 2 Morning Break (Video ad) $2,500
  • Day 2 Afternoon Break (Video ad) $2,500
  • Case Study 1 $2,500
  • Case Study 2 $2,500
  • Charging Station $2,500
  • Printed Program $2,500
  • Conference Wifi SOLD
  • Golf: Water Bottles SOLD
  • Golf: Hosted Hole (Beverage Station & Contest) $3,700
  • Golf: Hats $3,500
  • Golf: Cigars $3,200
  • Golf: Divot Tools $3,200
  • Golf: Balls $3,200
  • Golf: Towels $3,200

The Frac Sand
Summer Happy Hour

Event Registration – $25