Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #475 | July 3, 2024

Top highlights for your Wednesday morning:

  1. Truckers stage protest in the Permian (read more here and here).
  2. Covia finalizes split with its proppants falling under Covia Energy (link).
  3. Another big E&P deal NOT in Texas with vertically integrated frac sand playing a role (the story).


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Read these stories and more as we’ve got you updated on the latest in the frac sand industry.


And now, the news…

This Week's News

Truckers hope protest over unpaid hours and lack of restrooms will spark a Permian Basin labor movement

Low wages and working conditions that truck drivers describe as degrading have sparked an organized labor movement in the Permian Basin, a historic first for the nation’s busiest oil field.

How Does A $1.9 Billion Dollar Sand Deal Happen?

A story that digs into one of the biggest frac sand stories of the year, with a look back behind the scenes at how the deal came together.

Our question of the week

Which of these 3 links in the frac sand supply-chain will see the most meaningful price improvement by end of 2Q25 (one year out)?

Covia Completes Separation of Energy and Industrial Businesses

Michael Segura is the new president and CEO of the split company.

Another Billion-Dollar U.S. Oil Acquisition Is on the Horizon

SM Energy is reportedly in talks to acquire XCL Resources in a deal that has been valued at $3 billion.

Private-Equity Exit Wave Surges Past the Permian Basin Oil Patch

An EnCap-backed producer’s $2.55 billion sale in Utah marks the latest trade outside Texas or New Mexico.

The Latest On A Pile System Service Provider

Interesting article about industry folks we know who burst onto the scene a year and a half ago.

How Capital Efficiency Is Being Bolstered In Shale Plays In Permian And Haynesville

Fascinating history on innovation and the efficiency train all the E&Ps seem to be riding now.

US Silica has Upside to Sum of the Parts Valuation in a Potential Split

Interesting insights given what Covia just accomplished this week.

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