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Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Published: December 13, 2017 | Issue #145

Unimin + Fairmount Santrol Becomes A Reality

Unimin and Fairmount Santrol have decided to combine in a merger expected to close mid-2018. The deal will create the largest frac sand supplier in the US....
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New non-fracking technology close to market in Australia but scientists and farmers need more convincing

A new water-jet drill, developed by a Brisbane-based company, uses a small amount of water compared to traditional fracking and uses a radial (horizontal) drilling technique in...
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New frac sand mine opens in Monahans next month

It's what plays a role in fracking. The demand for frac sand is growing, especially in West Texas. It's good news for one company that will soon open their ...
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Sand mine plant to host job fair in Lamesa Wednesday

The U.S. Silica Frac Sand Mine Plant has announced it will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Lamesa Chamber...
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Fillmore Co's Rein sand mine new truck routes approved by zoning board with some changes

A Fillmore County resident's report back was sent to us: We had a lot of people show up and voice their concerns. It made the board waver for a while...
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New Mexico county weighs rules for oil and gas drilling

Elected leaders in one New Mexico county are considering an ordinance that would guide energy development across a large swath of land that borders ...
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Railroad lines added to River Road intersection near Taylor

With silica sand demand increasing, the CN Railroad recently added two additional railroad lines across South River Road between Taylor and Blair near the Hi-Crush plant to...
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CN officials say they're overcoming capacity pinch-points

Canadian National is in a better position to handle a growing North American economy because it continued investing in infrastructure during the traffic downturn last year, its...
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Outlook 2018: Rail-car forecast by Richard Kloster

This time last year, the rail equipment outlook for 2017 looked promising. Freight volumes had picked up in late 2016, rail-car demand had improved ...
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La Salle land advertised for sand mining auctioned off

The results of a sealed bid auction for land in La Salle, land advertised as holding millions of tons of silica sand, is expected next week, according ...
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Expanding the horizons of proppants

Over the years, proppant technology has evolved from sands to engineered, high-strength proppants, cured and partially cured resin-coated proppants to prevent fines, lightweight and deformable proppants, and...
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New Shale Era: The Age Of The Engineer

Is oil and gas replicating the narrative in “Lord of the Rings”? You remember the final chapter in the imaginative trilogy where Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, ...
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Wall Street Tells Frackers to Stop Counting Barrels, Start Making Profits

Twelve major shareholders in U.S. shale-oil-and-gas producers met this September in a Midtown Manhattan high-rise with a view of Times Square to discuss a common goal, getting...
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Ghosts Of Frac Sand Past, Present, And Future

Since April, the geo-transformation of the frac sand business has accelerated. In the following charts, we’ve taken our previously published rigs vs. mines cartographical analysis a step...
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Permian Frac Sand Suppliers Are Gathering This Week To Form An In-Basin Consortium

On Wednesday, the fierce competition that has characterized the Permian Basin frac sand rush all year will be put on hold for a couple hours. We have exclusive ...
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Rail car data firm, proppant handler combine to help shale

The demand for proppant during times of high oilfield activity has created several services, technologies or trends—from proppant delivery infrastructure ...
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Fairmount Santrol and Unimin to Merge, Creating a Leader in Proppant and Industrial Materials Solutions

Fairmount Santrol and Unimin Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors of both companies have approved a definitive agreement under which Fairmount and Unimin will combine in a tax-free,...
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