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Hydraulically Fractured Horizontal Wells Account for Most New Oil and Natural Gas Wells

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2016, hydraulically fractured horizontal wells accounted for 69 percent of all oil and natural gas wells drilled in the United States and 83 percent of the total linear footage drilled. The combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has increased the rate of recent U.S. crude oil, lease condensate, and natural gas production.

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Athabasca Invests in Montney In-Basin Frac Sand Project

Athabasca Minerals Inc. purchased 49.2 percent ownership of a private Alberta corporation (Privco) that owns the Montney In-Basin frac sand project located in the vicinity of Dawson Creek and Fort St John, Alberta, Canada.

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Judge Throws Out Frac Sand Lawsuit

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit claiming the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources overstepped its authority by reviewing an administrative law judge’s ruling on a permit for a controversial frac sand operation, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

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U.S. Silica Donates to Fire Rescue Department in Texas

U.S. Silica donated $7,315 to Lamesa Fire Rescue in Texas for the purchase of specialty equipment to outfit a confined space entry and high-angle rescue trailer. The equipment is necessary for a firefighter to safely enter a confined space and perform a rescue in the event of an emergency.

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Vortex Creates Solution for New Sand Plant

In 2017, Vortex completed a large project with an industrial sand manufacturer to construct a new sand processing facility. As part of this project, the client sought solutions for:

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