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Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Published: July 18, 2018 | Issue #176

A New Frac Sand Giant Is Born Amid An Industry Shift

July 17, 2018 | Issue: #176

The newest frac sand company, Covia Holdings, is also the largest frac sand production transitioning to local sources to eliminate $30-60 per ton railroad costs New mines in shale plays...
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Will Smart Sand Move Forward On Kermit Plant Construction Once Their Permit Is Approved?

July 17, 2018 | Issue: #176

Smart Sand has been on the fence on whether to build a Permian mine since last year. Here are the latest details on their plans as we await the next...
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Emerge Energy Services LP Announces a New Terminal Opening in Western Canada

July 17, 2018 | Issue: #176

Superior Silica Sands LLC, a subsidiary of Emerge Energy Services LP, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with a third-party logistics provider, Torq Energy Logistics...
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The Mouat Company Announces Commissioning of Twin Eagle Logistics Transload Facility

July 17, 2018 | Issue: #176

The Mouat Company, Inc. (Mouat), a design build firm specializing in frac sand plants and transload facilities, announces the commissioning of their latest facility, a 30,000 ton (60,000,000 pound) transload...
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BioUrja and BBH Capital Partners Launch Joint Venture, Rivercrest Logistics Partners, to Acquire Strategic Logistics and Infrastructure Assets

July 17, 2018 | Issue: #176

The BioUrja Group of Houston, TX and BBH Capital Partners have formed a joint venture, Rivercrest Logistics Partners, LLC, to acquire, own, and operate infrastructure and logistics assets. The platform...
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Frac Sand, You Are Now Free to Move about the Marcellus/Utica via Rail and Barge

July 17, 2018 | Issue: #176

Appalachian region’s first unit train/barge transloading facility up and running in the heart of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations is a project called Long Ridge Energy Terminal. Long Ridge...
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Rough News Week For Permian Last Mile Logistics: TX 115 Section COMPLETELY Closed, Truck Kills Two, And Sand Cars Derail

July 17, 2018 | Issue: #176

It’s been a rough news week for Permian frac sand logistics. Incidents like this week’s fatal crash in Odessa remind us that driving is the most dangerous oilfield activity.
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Ceres is getting serious about crude-by-rail out of Northgate, Eyeing Frac Sand

July 17, 2018 | Issue: #176

When the Ceres Northgate Terminal, previously called the Ceres Northgate Commodity Hub, was first initiated, crude-by-rail was a big part of the plans. But just as the facility was coming...
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Frac sand mining is booming in West Texas

July 17, 2018 | Issue: #176

West Texas' frac sand mining industry is expected to supply 22 million tons of sand this year and, eventually, more than 50 million tons annually. West Texas sand is a...
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OFS Conference Calls Start Friday. Here Are The Top 10 Big Picture Themes We Are Monitoring This Earnings Season

July 17, 2018 | Issue: #176

Schlumberger will kick off oilfield service earnings season with their conference call on Friday July 20, with Halliburton’s report following on the next business day.
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'Gold on the ground': Fracking company looks to tap Miller County site for river sand

July 17, 2018 | Issue: #176

A company's plan to use about 61.8 million tons of sand from the Red River near Doddridge, Ark., for fracking has spurred a community meeting next week and a public-comment...
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Long-shot oil riches draw wildcatters to the Utah desert

On hot days in Utah’s Uinta basin, rocks weep oil. Rivulets of black tar hint at the untapped riches within. Taken in hand, the stone crumbles, as warm and waxy...
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The Top 5 Permian Frac Sand Mines In Each Sub-Market Ranked By Drive Times

We refreshed our drive time analysis for the X local Permian Basin frac sand mines that we consider “firm” (either operational or showing progress moving towards first production). For this...
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What if they never discovered oil in North Dakota?

While it doesn’t seem that long ago, July 6 marked five years since the tragic derailment of a crude-by-rail train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. That event had a profound impact on...
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Steel tariffs could halt energy dominance strategy

Steel permeates the Permian Basin oil patch, from the drillbits that drill the well to the casing that shores up the wellbore to the storage tanks that hold the crude...
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Five-year collaboration transforms mine into a wild prairie

A study has transformed a reclaimed Wisconsin frack sand mine into a successful wild prairie. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls partnered with industrial sand mining firm Superior Silica...
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Researchers find promising results in frac sand mine reclamation test plot

A five-year study in Chippewa County has transformed a reclaimed frac sand mine into a successful wild prairie. Researchers are hopeful that lessons learned can be used at other mining...
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Read The Anonymous Letter That Has Oklahoma Locals Riled Up About The Frac Sand Rush And Could Delay Capacity

In this update yesterday, we noted a changing local climate towards the frac sand mining rush in Oklahoma. It’s even worse than we initially thought. After doing some more digging,...
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California's ranking as an oil-producing state is slipping

In many ways, the oil business in the U.S. has never been better, with domestic producers in a growing number of states churning out barrels of crude in record numbers....
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Sound familiar? Big petroleum projects in Argentina face tiny challenge: a lizard

A tiny but critically endangered lizard found in Argentina's extensive Vaca Muerta petroleum field could pose a major challenge to companies planning multimillion-dollar investments in the area. The lizard, whose...
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Argentina’s currency crash hits shale development

When Argentina’s currency plummeted by 50% this year, the oil sector started to worry about a slowdown in the development of Vaca Muerta, the country’s biggest shale play.
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FourWinds bookkeeper who testified against Uresti sentenced to year in prison camp

Laura Jacobs, the former FourWinds Logistics comptroller who assisted in a scheme to defraud company investors, was sentenced to a year and a day in a federal women’s prison camp...
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Former State Senator Uresti Asking Taxpayers to Fund His Appeal

You tax dollars may pay for disgraced former State Senator Carlos Uresti's appeal, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports. Court documents obtained by 1200 WOAI news reveal that Uresti, who was...
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