Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #469 | May 22, 2024

Major development as the Dune Sagebrush Lizard is officially listed by the USFWS as endangered; this endangers the flexibility of frac sand mining operations within the Permian. In other news, Crescent acquires SilverBow to make Eagle Ford’s second-largest operator, Covia purchases a sand operation in northeast Ohio, and early year E&P budget makes folks a little hesitant for Q4.


There’s some great stories to catch up on – and we’re here to give you all the top headlines in one spot.


And now, the news…

This Week's News

Rare Permian Basin lizard gets federal protections, sparking criticism from the oil and gas industry

Oil and gas advocates quickly responded to the designation of the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species.

DSL Listing Coverage

After the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision on May 17, 2024 to list the dunes sagebrush lizard (DSL), various stakeholders are reacting.

Crescent Energy to Acquire SilverBow in $2.1B Deal

The energy companies said the combination will create the second largest operator in the Eagle Ford Shale.

The Lizard vs. Permian E&P

After the DSL listing, folks are asking about E&P impacts. Here’s some map and data analysis / context to help with that question.

Frac Sand Expo Promo Video

Join companies like McCourt Equipment, Maxxim Industries, Midland Trailers, Timpte, and more showcasing their equipment at this November's Frac Sand Expo.

Covia Completes Acquisition of Silica Sand Mining Operation, Expands Offering

The acquisition of Sidley’s silica sand mining operation in Thompson, Ohio, includes the quarry and reserves, along with certain buildings, machinery, and equipment needed for operations.

Few New Takeaways From Ft Worth This Week….

Infill Thinking's report from the sidelines of an industry event last week.

LinkedIn Post: Novi Labs

A more in-depth look at what's happening specifically in the frac design of Western Haynesville.

Mind The Gap – 4Q Budget Exhaustion Is A Red Flag This Year

Important notes to keep on the horizon when forecasting out Q4 activity.

Profrac CFO Lance Turner Resigns

In Turner's place, Austin Harbour will assume the role of CFO.

Kermit Frac Sand Fatality

Our prayers and condolences go out to the deceased's family and those involved in the incident.

Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Earns Spot on Endangered Species List

The Service received more than 18,000 comments on its proposed rule to list the DSL, with many urging the Service not to list the species or to list the species as threatened rather than endangered.

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