Frac sand in the pipeline

By Jack Elliott
Published: Thursday, 26 January 2012

Where North America’s thirst for oil and natural gas has grown, so too has the demand for frac sand. The supply rush has exerted intense pressure on railroads and the environment, but has been a gold mine to the recession-stricken continent

Sand on the move: Frac sand being transported at
Preferred Sands’ plant in Woodbury, Minnesota

As North American hydrocarbon exploration shifts towards natural gas trapped in shale deposits, the importance of hydraulic fracturing sand (frac sand) has never been so pronounced. By 2018, it has been estimated that if hydraulic...

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