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Sand Wars Escalate in Wisconsin

A new draft report from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) suggests that frac sand mining does not produce fine sand that is a health hazard. The report states that air quality measurements made in the western part of Wisconsin, where the majority of sand mining facilities are placed, have not detected elevated levels of silica in the air.

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Halliburton; Eclipse Complete Longest Lateral Well in the U.S.

Halliburton announced that it worked with Eclipse Resources Corp. to complete hydraulic fracturing of the extended-reach lateral test well known as "Purple Hayes." The Utica Shale well had a lateral length of more than 18,500 ft. and was completed with 124 frac stages in 24 days. The total depth was 27,046 ft., including the lateral extension which Eclipse believes is the longest horizontal onshore lateral ever drilled in the United States.

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