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Commentary on Continued Attacks on Frac Sand Despite Oil & Gas Slowdown

by Mark J. Krumenacher, P.G., GZA   Despite the prevalence of fact-based research describing the impacts of industrial sand mining on the environment, economy, road use, land use, property values and health; the actions of a tiny minority of individuals continue to vie for media and political attention. Such...


Remaining Up to Speed on the Frac Sand Industry

North American oil & gas production continues its crazy ride. Every day we are reading doom & gloom stories, as well as some “more positive” viewpoints. Even in the last week we saw quite a bit of movement in oil prices. Some experts are now seeing oil...


Seeing the Industry Downturn as an Opportunity

by Pete Cook, President, Petroleum Connection    You don’t have to look far to find bad news for those in upstream oil & gas. News on the oil downturn leads the news online, in print, and on the nightly news. All this dramatically impacts the attitude and outlook for...


2015 Proppant Trends and Future Expectations

by Erik Freitag, Primary Vision   As we all know 2015 has been a tough year for most in the oil and gas industry. Primary Vision estimates that D&C activity is down roughly 40%. While proppant has been impacted significantly there have been a few trends the downturn less...


Insights into the Largest Frac Sand Unit Train on Record

by Pete Cook, President, Petroleum Connection  As reported in an earlier issue of the Frac Sand Weekly News Digest, on October 2, 2015, Rangeland Energy received a record-breaking frac sand unit train at the company’s RIO Hub located near Loving,...


SILICA Regulatory Wreck

by Henry Chajet, Jackson Lewis Safety and Health Law Group The OSHA regulatory train is gaining speed, potentially unloading billions in costs on industries that produce, use, or transport silica based products, and ultimately on the consumer. The OSHA bureaucracy has promised and intends to deliver. In...