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U.S. Silica plans Permian frac sand plant

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Frederick, Maryland-based U.S. Silica announced plans Monday to build a new frac sand mine and plant in West Texas to serve the Permian Basin. The Permian has been growing steadily despite the recent oil slump, supported by increased production and recently discovered oil reserves by the U.S. Geological Survey at the end of last year. The projected budget for the ...

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Court affirms decision blocking frac sand mine

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court has affirmed a decision blocking a frac sand mine in western Wisconsin. The Mississippi Land Connection and Timber Company LLC and Wisconsin Bluff Sands LLC filed an application for a permit for a mine in the town of Waumandee in 2013. The Buffalo County Board of Adjustment denied the application after hearing ...

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150-car train delivers sand to oil and gas hub in New Mexico

LOVING, N.M. — A 150-car freight train recently delivered 16,500 tons of sand for oil and gas fracking to a facility in southeastern New Mexico. Rangeland Energy said the unit train powered by five locomotives started its journey in Ottawa, Illinois, arriving Oct. 2 in Loving. The train was operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe and finished its journey on ...

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Silicosis: another fracking field hazard that leaves scars

What is America’s most dangerous occupation? It’s oil and gas extraction, according to a 2014 report (based on 2012 data) published by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH).The industry’s fatality rate is now 24.2 deaths for every 100,000 full time workers vs. 3.2 deaths per 100,000 overall rate for U.S. workers. Many factors contribute to its dangerous ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

In case you missed them, here are the top five stories from Bakken.com for the week of September 5th through September 11th. Enjoy! 5. Regional Bakken economy beginning to stabilize Hotel rentals, the flow of sewage and drilling are all down in the North Dakota oil patch, but the mood regarding the continued growth of Williston’s economy is optimistic, reports ...

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Is the silica sand boom over?

WINONA — Is the controversial frac sand boom over in Southeast Minnesota, or is it just a lull in an industry that routinely experiences peaks and valleys? Winona’s commercial harbor is reporting that it shipped no silica sand via barge in 2015. That marks a precipitous fall from nearly 400,000 tons last summer, according to Myron White, the harbor’s program ...

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Wisconsin residents express concern over stalled trains

AUBURNDALE, Wis. — Neighbors living near railroad tracks in Wisconsin are becoming increasingly concerned about long train blockages since an increase in sand and oil shipments have caused them to grow into a frequent and dangerous disruption. The amount of industrial sand used in fracking that’s transported by train grew from about 10 million tons in 2005 to about 50 ...

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Surrounded by frac mine, Blair couple put farm in conservation

BLAIR, Wis. — The land around Mary Drangstveit’s farm is changing. Earth movers and graders have replaced farm tractors and combines. Hillside has been stripped bare, lowlands filled with yellow soil. A silica sand mine is moving in. “This was all farm fields,” she said, gesturing across the road. “It has become an unbelievable mess.” But Drangstveit, 72, is determined ...

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Loving facility to expand pipeline capability

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LOVING – A Texas based company, Rangeland Energy, will build a system designed to transport crude oil from the Delaware Basin to markets across the U.S. using an outbound rail and pipeline. “It’s nothing new happening out there, but it’s part of Rangeland’s master plan,” said Jay Jenkins, president of the Carlsbad Department of Development. Rangeland is developing its RIO ...

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