Frac Sand Production Predicted to Exceed 2014 Levels

The frac sand sector has re-entered bullish territory in 2017 as demand is expected to exceed peak 2014 levels before the end of the year, according to a report by Thomas Jacob, a consultant with IHS Markit.

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Minnesota Sands Strikes Back Against Sand Ban

Minnesota Sands LLC has filed a lawsuit to challenge the Winona County, Minn., ban on the mining of sand for use in the energy industry. The ban was passed by the Winona County board of commissioners in November of 2016 and prohibits the mining, processing or trans-loading of frac sand in rural Winona County.

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Badger Mining Finishes Expansion Project

Badger Mining Corp. (BMC) recently completed work on a 4,500-ft. rail expansion project on rail siding near its Taylor, Wis., facilities, allowing the site to now hold up to three unit trains concurrently. For more than a decade, BMC’s three rail sidings have sat alongside the CN rail line in downtown Taylor, but until this project, could only hold approximately 70 railcars each. With the additional 1,500 ft. of rail on each siding, each track can now accommodate more than 100 railcars each. The additions reflect BMC’s continued focus on enhancing its distribution network.

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