This Week’s Market Buzz

  • According to the Winona Daily News, Winona County, Wis., will re-publish Environmental Assessment Worksheet drafts for two proposed frac sand mines after staff discovered an error in the public comment process. In the drafts, the county said public comments on the reviews should be sent to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. County staff confirmed Tuesday that the county will accept the comments – the MPCA doesn’t handle them. The county plans to republish the review drafts with the correct information.

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Preferred Sands CEO Named Award Winner

Michael G. O'Neill, founder and CEO of Preferred Sands, was named the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 “Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources Category Award” winner. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is the country's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.

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Minnesota Forum Focuses on Frac Sand

The city of Red Wing, Minn., centered its quarterly forum on silica sand. The meeting featured representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Minnesota Department of Health and Environmental Quality Board.

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New Report Details Global Proppant Opportunity

A new market research report is available on proppants. The report – released by reportlinker.com – notes that in 1947, the first fracturing was done with silica sand. Fracturing sand is the basic type of proppant material. Research and development on proppant resulted in two comparatively new proppants: resin-coated proppants and ceramic proppants.

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Illinois Frac Sand Plant Construction Faces Community Concerns

According to the Times, Ottawa, Ill., more than 25 area residents crowded into the Utica Village Board meeting to express their concerns over the initial construction stage of a new frac sand mine in rural Utica, Ill.

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