USGS Reports Industrial Sand Production

In 2015, industrial sand and gravel valued at about $8.3 billion was produced by 230 companies from 335 operations in 35 states, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s latest Mineral Commodity Survey. The value of production of industrial sand and gravel in 2015 remained unchanged over the previous year.

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Halliburton, U.S. Silica Break Haulage Record

Halliburton Co. and U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. announced that the companies have moved a record-breaking unit train carrying nearly 19,000 tons of U.S. Silica White frac sand from Ottawa, Ill., to Elmendorf, Texas. The train, the largest frac sand unit of its kind shipped to date in North America, arrived via the BNSF railroad.

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Badger Mining Corp. Acquires Transloading Facility

Badger Mining Corp. (BMC), Berlin, Wis., further committed to the Canadian market with the asset acquisition of Di-Corp’s state-of-the-art transload facility in Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada, located 12 miles north of Grand Prairie, Alberta.

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Wisconsin Studies to Analyze Groundwater at Frac Sand Plants

Three years ago, water samples from ponds at Wisconsin frac sand mines showed concentrations of heavy metals many times higher than state groundwater standards recommend. Now, the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is planning a study to see if the metal from those ponds is leaching from mines and polluting groundwater, according to Rich Kremer, writing for Wisconsin Public Radio.

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