Frac Sand Weekly News Digest
September 6, 2017
Issue #131


The 6th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference is only 3 weeks away! If you have not already done so, be sure to register so you do not miss the largest frac sand related event of the year. With a very strong lineup of speakers, Roundtable Discussions which enable attendees to customize their agendas, and the pre-conference Frac Sand Equipment Expo, this is an event you will not want to miss!

The Marriott Marquis in Houston is open for business and is looking forward to hosting the conference. Today, Wednesday, September 6 is the LAST DAY to get a room at our room block’s reduced rate, so please reserve your room today if you have not already done so!

We look forward to seeing you in Houston in 3 weeks!

No items found.

Harvey could delay 10% of U.S. fracking, Raymond James says

As much as 10% of U.S. fracking work could be delayed after Hurricane Harvey ripped through south Texas, Raymond James analysts say. More than half of the rigs running in the Eagle Ford shale - the only major U.S. shale formation affected by Harvey - suspended drilling because of the storm, according to the firm.

Read More

Offshore rebounding faster than onshore post-Harvey

Offshore gas production continued to rebound Friday, with about 406 MMcf/d shut in, 12.6% of daily Gulf of Mexico gas output of 3.2 Bcf/d, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. That's down from 17.6% Thursday.

Read More

Frac Sand: Raw Material or Fungible Commodity?

Since its first pilot launch in world market sugar, the PanXchange team has researched many different commodity markets, seeking to apply its aggregated market solution to those with the most inefficiencies, fragmentation and opacity. Staffed by a team of seasoned commodity traders, they understand the complexities of the sand market.

Read More

Arrows Up Collaborates with SamSand to Launch Bulk Material Transport Network to Improve Efficiencies for Oil & Gas Operators

Arrows Up, LLC announces an agreement with SamSand, a mining operation in Garland City, AR. The companies are building a unique mine-to-well/hub and spoke network that will move frac sand to several oil and gas operators in Northern Louisiana faster and at a lower cost.

Read More

Surge in American oil production – A problem of plenty for USA; a major challenge for others

The unforeseen oil boom in the US has gradually started causing concerns while benefitting the US economically and the US is now producing more oil than it is importing for the first time since the 1990s. Nevertheless, the US imports around 7.5 million barrels per day but its domestic oil consumption has declined over the years.

Read More

Eagle Ford Shale: Report of the Death of the Eagle Ford Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

The Eagle Ford Shale, which sprawls across much of South Texas and extends into Mexico, has been one of the bigger casualties of the 2014 price downturn. But in its heyday its economic impact was enormous—about $123 billion in South Texas between 2008 and 2014, according to a recent report from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Read More
No items found.

Thousands of rail workers back at BNSF as volumes rise

BNSF Railway Co has called back roughly 4,000 of the 5,000 workers who were furloughed across its system last year, reflecting stronger volumes of coal, grain and intermodal containers and trailers, a spokesman said.

Read More

Bulletproofing Black Mountain – A Look Behind The Gate

Impressions, takeaways, and observations from a morning spent with Black Mountain Sand in West Texas touring their new sand plants Vest and El Dorado. A slideshow of construction pictures is included in this update.

Read More

Black Mountain Sand enlists in state’s conservation plan

A growing frack sand provider with Permian Basin operations has taken a major step to secure future operations by entering into a Texas Conservation Plan designed to protect the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard.

Read More

Sand mine in West Texas supports fracking in Permian Basin

Ten miles east of Kermit, Texas — a city of 6,000 sandwiched between booming West Texas oil fields — heavy trucks have begun lining up at the region’s first sand mine as it churns out sand by the ton for U.S. frackers.

Read More

Sand Mining: Growing Pains Of Cross-Border Trade – Analysis

Sand is indispensable for construction, roads and oil recovery – even as nations try to protect coasts and supplies.

Read More

The world is running out of sand — and you’d be surprised how significant that is

China has devoured more sand in the past four years than the United States did throughout the 20th century. Dubai, a city built on a desert, had to import the sand used in the world’s tallest tower from Australia. In India, sand has become such a hot commodity that it has been taken over by “sand mafias” who illegally mine and sell it on the black market.

Read More

OmniTRAX in deal to reduce frac sand costs, ordered to repair Churchill railway

On Friday, the federal government formally demanded that the OmniTRAX repair the rail line in line with the terms of its 2008 contribution agreement with the government that requires the company to operate, maintain and repair the railway in a timely manner until March 31, 2029.

Read More

Frac sand truck driver cited for accident

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Austin J. Holmes, 26, of Saltillo, was cited for careless driving, a lane violation and driving at an unsafe speed after his truck tractor overturned at 11:28 a.m. Tuesday just west of Mount Jackson.

Read More

Owners of Williston’s Stony Creek Railyard Honored at Williston Event

Rich and Kathy Vestal, accepted an award for 2017 Regional Project of the Year from Williston Economic Development. Rich told the audience the making of Stony Creek Railyard was a learning experience. Mistakes were made and many trials overcome to bring the rail yard’s 12 miles of track online.

Read More
No items found.

Judge disqualifies Watts, again, as state Sen. Uresti’s lawyer in criminal case

San Antonio lawyer Mikal Watts has been disqualified, again, as state Sen. Carlos Uresti’s attorney in a criminal fraud case after a federal judge upheld a ruling removing him from the case due to a conflict of interest.

Read More

Western Australia’s fracking moratorium bad for investment – industry

The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) has slammed a decision by the Western Australian government to ban hydraulic fracturing in the South West, Peel and Perth metropolitan regions, as well as imposing a moratorium throughout the rest of Western Australia.

Read More

Recent Issues


  Issue #142 - November 22, 2017

  Issue #141 - November 15, 2017

  Issue #140 - November 8, 2017

  Issue #139 - November 1, 2017


  Issue #138 - October 25, 2017

  Issue #137 - October 18, 2017

  Issue #136 - October 11, 2017

  Issue #135 - October 4, 2017

View Archive

Send Us Your News

Send us your press releases and any other news articles which you believe would be of interest to our readers.

Send submissions to


Do you offer goods or services focused on the frac sand supply chain? Advertise in the Frac Sand Weekly News Digest.
Learn More →