Frac Sand latest news

  • March 2016

    OSHA announces new silica exposure rules

    29 March 2016

    The OSHA’s long period of silence on its new rules regarding acceptable levels of respirable silica dust led many to believe that the regulation would not be implemented. However, the administration has now announced new exposure limits, which will need to be adhered to by 2018.

  • Price Briefing 18 – 24 March

    24 March 2016

    Graphite and fluorspar prices hindered by low demand and excess supply; TiO2 price improvements a long way away; falling frac sand prices show no sign of recovery.

  • Unimin idles newest frac sand plant due to loss of orders

    22 March 2016

    Low frac sand prices and volumes are continuing to put pressure on proppant producers as a result of the deep downturn in oil and gas. This has forced suppliers like Unimin to idle capacity, with further consolidation expected in frac sand supply

  • Colorado fracking-quake bill paves the way for increased lawsuits

    18 March 2016

    Although the bill is still making its way through the state House, some opponents have argued that it would encourage lawsuits against oil and gas companies without first demonstrating that operators are responsible for an earthquake.

  • Frac sand producers report losses as oil and gas activity slows

    18 March 2016

    Fairmount posts deeper net loss in Q4 as drilling activity continues to slow sequentially; Hi-Crush reports further slowdown in prices.

  • More US locations to implement fracking bans

    17 March 2016

    While a bill for state regulation of fracking in Florida did was not passed, counties in the state have been implementing fracking bans due to health and environmental concerns. In California, meanwhile, Carson’s fracking ban has resulted in the threat of a lawsuit from industry supporters.

  • Maalt opens additional frac sand terminal in Texas

    15 March 2016

    Although a number of frac sand suppliers have cut production, those with their own logistics capabilities like Maalt are enhancing their logistics networks to improve efficiency and respond more quickly to customer needs.

  • Pennsylvania families win $4.2m fracking contamination pay-out

    11 March 2016

    A ruling by federal jury has concluded a seven year lawsuit, ordering Cabot Oil & Gas to pay $4.2m to families who allege that their water has been contaminated by methane from the company’s fracking operations. The oil and gas producer meanwhile maintains the case is without merit and that it did not receive a fair trial.

  • Fairmount Santrol net loss deepens as oil and gas activity continues to slow

    10 March 2016

    While drilling and completion activity has visibly slowed y-o-y, North American frac sand supplier Fairmount Santrol saw activity and price declines from the third to fourth quarters of 2015, resulting in lower revenues as proppant volumes sold fell further.

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