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  • Frac Sand Sources in the United States

    By Mary Ellen Benson and Anna Burack Wilson, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado   Read More
  • Estimates of Hydraulic Fracturing (Frac) Sand Production, Consumption, and Reserves in the United States

    By Don Bleiwas, Physical Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey   Read More
  • Just Keep Truckin’ On

    Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. Keeps Its Trucks Moving to Serve Multiple Projects. By Mark S. Kuhar   Read More
  • An Interview With Charles Luck IV

    The New Chairman Of NSSGA Talks To Rock Products About His Goals, Industry Engagement and the Importance of Young Leaders. By Mark S. Kuhar   Read More
  • Rocking the Right Load

    Mobile Communication System Keeps Palm Beach Aggregates Rolling. By Mark S. Kuhar   Read More
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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailMay 19, 2015 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and its partners in the Transportation Construction Coalition are pushing for a permanent Highway Trust Fund funding solution and passage of a multi-year surface transportation bill.

Prime-Time Products

article thumbnailSandvik’s Bretec brand recently launched two new C-Series models: the M17C and L20C. These breakers incorporate a number of new features and updates over the M17 and L20 models they replace.

Rock Stars

article thumbnailRon DeFeo, chairman and chief executive officer of Terex Corp. is the sole recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) highest honor – the 2014 “ARTBA Award.” It was presented at an April 14 luncheon during the association’s Federal Issues Program in Washington, D.C.
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Manufacturers in Focus

article thumbnailCentral Ohio Congressman Pat Tiberi toured Screen Machine Industries, Etna, Ohio, to gauge the impact of upcoming international trade legislation on Ohio jobs.

People on the Move

article thumbnailPolydeck Screen Corp. announced the addition of Ken Walker as West Coast Sales/Service Tech, with responsibility for California.

Latest Digital Issue

The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of May 11 is $2.613. That is higher than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $2.521.

Wisconsin Town Votes for Permit Moratorium


The Trempealeau County, Wis., Board in Whitehall voted 12-0 to not consider any new silica-sand removal permits for a year, according to the Pierce County
Herald.

Existing sites will not be allowed to expand, either, while county officials study the impact of frac-sand mining on people’s health. County environmental director Kevin Lien says the public has questions that local officials cannot answer. The moratorium’s author, Supervisor Sally Miller, says it will slow things down and quote, “give us a chance to catch our breath.”

Trempealeau County has 10 frac-sand mines operating, and 16 other sites are in various stages of development after getting permits. Those sites cover more than 4,700 acres. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune says Trempealeau County has issued more frac-sand mining permits in the last 36 months than any other county in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. Wisconsin alone has over 100 facilities.

Supervisor Miller recently complained that fellow County Board member David Suchla broke ethics laws by engaging in his own proposed frac-sand operation with a Texas firm. Suchla admits being in the frac-sand business but said he has not violated anything. A prosecutor in nearby La Crosse is investigating.