Frac Sand Weekly News Digest
September 13, 2017
Issue #132


We are only two weeks from the largest frac sand event of the year! The 6th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference will be held at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston on September 28 & 29. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from, and network with, the leaders in the frac sand industry!

And be sure to sign up for our pre-conference event, the Frac Sand Equipment Expo, being held at the Baytown Youth Fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 27!

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Pricing continues to dominate in the Permian

The Permian Basin is the most dynamic play in North America today. The Wolfcamp Delaware is holding its own at a price under $30 as breakeven in its first quintile wells. The Wolfcamp Midland is also very good but is still approximately $10 higher to breakeven.

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West Texas Sand: A New Proppant

High quality sand cannot be found everywhere. The best sand is mined in Wisconsin, far from places like Texas and Oklahoma where demand is concentrated. With millions of pounds of sand being used for each horizontal well, transporting frac sand creates a large cost and real strain on infrastructure. However, this may be changing.

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Spot Shortage Of Frac Sand On Location In The Eagle Ford?

There’s a new discussion topic in our forum on the Eagle Ford frac sand situation post Harvey. We’ve been hearing from industry sources this week word about temporary supply chain issues in Eagle Ford frac sand. We share what we’ve learned and invite readers to weigh in.

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Ongoing research aims to help oil patch work smarter

Working smarter, not harder, has been paying off for Permian Basin producers, especially in the current low oil price environment. Technology has been credited with opening the floodgates of unconventional shales and with helping producers widen those floodgates even as oil prices fell from their triple-digit heights. Technology is expected to help continue that trend.

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Wisconsin Bill Restricts Local Control Over Sand Mines

Communities would be restricted from regulating air and water quality and blasting at sand mines, gravel pits and quarries under a plan approved by the legislature’s GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee. The move came during committee consideration of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-19 state budget and provides long-sought breaks from local control over frac sand mining and processing plants.

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Wisconsin’s Frac Sand Industry on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The West Side

The boom in Texas frac sand mines and the possible effects it will have on western Wisconsin’s silica sand industry will be discussed this week on The West Side on Monday, September 11 at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.

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DUC Hunting Season Returns

While this topic is commonly discussed at the 50,000 foot level, it is heavily nuanced. So we asked Todd Bush, co-founder of Energent Group, to weigh in with a definitive resource on DUCs, going deeper than just the high level trend-lines we commonly see.

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First Ever Fracking Permit Approved in Illinois

Illinois has approved its first ever franking permit. Environmental activists are warning it will increase risk to residents' health in the small town on the Illinois-Kentucky border. The permit was granted to Woolsey Operating Company in White County, which is between Evansville and Carbondale.

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Slowed shale supply chain tests fracking revival from Harvey

Texas shale drillers are finding their supply chain and manpower tested as they work to get back to normal after Hurricane Harvey. Hard-to-travel roads are still making it tough to deliver sand, a key component in fracking. And some mines are withholding shipping so their rail cars aren’t stuck waiting for frack crews to return to work.

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New Bakken Well Design, Increased Proppant Usage And Its Viability At Today's Oil Price

Enhanced completions continue to be a sizable question mark with respect to well economics. Many think production per foot has capped out, but integration of new designs is not 100%. Operators continue to increase the expansion of this type, and the size of frac jobs as a whole. The bearish narrative seems focused on higher costs. Frac sand and fluids are only part of the equation in concert with labor costs. Logistics could also effect the bottom line, as there are concerns in west Texas. Some core areas have limited inventory, which could be problematic.

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Sand Surveillance: 9 Interesting Market Insights From Last Week’s Investor Conference

Last week, more than 75 oilfield executive presented their outlooks at the Barclays Energy-Power conference in New York. We thumbed through all the transcripts to extract the most interesting new insights on the frac sand market.

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LaSalle County Official brings up silica safety at potential barge facility

The La Salle County Board on Monday gave Northern White Sand another year to build a barge loading facility on county property along the Illinois River near Ottawa. But one member, Tom Walsh, D-Ottawa, voted against the extension, suggesting the county could be held liable for allowing silica to be loaded there.

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Growing The Shale Brand

As Vice President of Technology Solutions in Halliburton's North America Operations, Stephen Ingram has been a key figure in Halliburton’s work to expand and better understand the unconventional oil and gas industry. Like so many of the world’s leading brands, Ingram and his team have an incredible opportunity—and challenge—to shape the way the industry they serve evolves.

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Empire Petroleum Corporation Enters into Agreement to Acquire Oil and Gas Properties in NW Louisiana

Empire Petroleum Corporation announced today that it has entered into a term sheet to acquire producing oil and gas assets located in North Louisiana. Empire anticipates signing a Purchase and Sale Agreement with the counterparty within the next few weeks that will provide for a closing that could occur early in the fourth quarter.

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Oil Service Managers Deliberate Direction For 2018

Take your money and place your bets: It’s planning time in oil and gas. With budget deliberations in full swing, perplexed oil service managers are contemplating the 2018 order of battle.

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Analyst: Leading Frac Sand Company Struggles with “Supply Woes”

It has been some time since I was actively invested in the frac sand market, but it is still a market that I’ve been intrigued by from the sidelines. Investors have had to weigh a multitude of factors: the collapse in rig count, weighed against improved rig drilling efficiency and drastically increased frac sand use per well. Robust demand growth is clear, but the key part of the equation here is supply: how much can come online, how quickly, and at what margins suppliers will be willing to accept.

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Hydraulic Fracturing Silica Law: The CMAXX Dust Pig Solution

With OSHA's new limits on silica exposure looming around the corner, many hydraulic fracturing companies are working to get their onsite sand and dust under control. The CMAXX Dust Pig from Imperial Systems Inc is designed specifically for the hydraulic fracking industry. This product is a patented solution for the constant dust and sand generated by frac trucks.

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Laramie Energy Doing Fracs with No Propant: Interview with Chairman & CEO Robert Boswell

At its recent 2017 The Oil & Gas Conference®, EnerCom’s Oil & Gas 360® conducted an exclusive video interview with Laramie Energy Chairman & CEO Robert Boswell. Laramie is a privately held operator with a focus on natural gas production in Colorado’s Piceance basin.

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Uresti to testify in FourWinds bankruptcy case

State Sen. Carlos Uresti, who will go on trial next month in a criminal fraud case over FourWinds Logistics, is expected to testify Tuesday in a bankruptcy court trial involving the now-defunct frac-sand company.

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Twist in proposed Delaware River Basin fracking ban angers environmentalists

A new proposal may permanently ban hydraulic fracturing within the massive Delaware River Basin, but not the disposal of waste from the process used to drill for natural gas, officials and environmental groups said Monday.

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Anti-fracking activists looking for Colorado official picket wrong house

Anti-fracking activists wrote a news release about a demonstration they staged Sunday outside a Marine Street residence in Boulder that they thought was the home where Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones lives.

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