Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #396 | October 26, 2022

People create value. This rings true for many aspects of life, but it’s especially poignant for our working lives. Relationships that are both within our own teams and within the industry are the difference between your LinkedIn profile being surrounded by a purple “#Hiring” or a green “#OpenToWork”.


  • Pete Cook’s ideas on how to use this year’s conference as a game-changer for your internal team’s morale: read more.
  • Infill Thinking’s insights on the competition for talent in the oilfield: view here.
  • Of course, the best place to foster frac sand industry-wide connections and see some of the companies/people attending: check it out.


And now, the news…

This Week's News

More than a conference

Make it more than "just another conference." Use it for employee recognition, employee retention, vendor awards, client appreciation, etc.

Chatter In Frac Sand Deal Rumor Mill Reaches New Heights

Industry chatter about potential M&A in frac sand ratcheted up a notch this week.

US shale growth could be lower for longer

"Drilling activity appears to have plateaued as fracking capacity, sand availability, infrastructure and labor remain bottlenecks. Production forecasts remain modest,” said PSC.

War On Talent Easing In The Oilfield?

After some chatter about shale labor pressure easing a bit, we turned to the hard data for indications of workforce size and cost trends.

Minnesota County’s Ban on ‘Frac Sand’ Lands in Court

A mining company claims a Minnesota county’s recently enacted ban on “frac sand” intentionally singles out companies that process and transport silica sand used in fracking.

New Red Flags Raised In Permian E&P – Production Treadmill Speeding Up & Getting More Expensive?

A series of negatives for an E&P raises some red flags along the Permian’s oil production development path.

Pantheon Resources begins production testing and clean-up of Alkaid 2

Whilst the production of frac sand is inconvenient... it is not an uncommon occurrence in multistage fracture stimulation completions in conventional reservoirs and will be dealt with once the unit arrives," said Chief Executive Officer Jay Cheatham.

Liberty Sees Frac Growth Trajectory Slowing – Inline With Recent Infill Thinking Survey Results

Read here about Liberty's growth projections, and hear their President Ron Gusek talk about it at the frac sand conference...

Biden Says He Will Keep Tapping Oil Reserves

President says he wants to keep gasoline prices in check as industry groups criticize his policies.

How Much Is The Biggest Pumper Talking About Pricing?

How much does pricing play into the strategy conversations of Halliburton?

Fracking is back on the agenda in Nova Scotia

After years during which nobody seemed to be asking the fracking question in the province, suddenly it is being asked again all over the place.

Digesting Halliburton’s Comments Today On Pricing, E-Fleets, 4Q Budget Exhaustion, & 2023 Growth

Analysis of Halliburton's earnings call (or you can hear Halliburton's outlook from SVP David Adams at the frac sand conference).

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