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Financing a Boost to NFP Frac Sand Operations

Houston-based frac sand producer Northern Frac Proppants II LLC (NFP) announced the successful completion of a $77 million senior secured credit facility consisting of a five-year term loan. Proceeds from the new credit facility will be used to expand NFP’s operating frac sand mine and production facility in Alma Center, Wis., and bring online additional frac sand processing facilities located on Class 1 rail lines in Wisconsin.

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Frac Sand Plant to Pay Air Pollution Fine

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said a Marshfield, Wis., operation involved with frac sand has been ordered to pay $80,000 for violating state air pollution control laws, according to WAOW TV.

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Minnesota Releases Fracking Regulation Handbook

The state of Minnesota released what it hopes will be a handbook for local governments working to regulate the frac sand industry, according to the Winona Daily News. The 168-page report from the Environmental Quality Board avoids setting specific guidelines for monitoring pollution and instead lists the types of options available. It provides a variety of specifics for local governments looking to measure pollutants related to the frac sand industry, but concludes that there’s no single good answer for doing so.

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