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Summit Proppants to Build New Plant

Mark Rust, executive vice president operations of Summit Proppants Inc., announced that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has granted the company a permit that allows it to begin mining sand near Farmington, Mo. The sand will be used by the oil and gas industry as a proppant in hydraulic fracturing operations.

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County Considers Resolution Targeting State Regulation

According to the Portage Daily Register, the Columbia County, Wis., Board’s planning and zoning committee - and possibly at least two other committees - are likely to consider a resolution opposing proposed state legislation designed to prevent local entities from regulating frac sand mining.

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Hi Crush Hiring Workers for New Plant

According to WQOW TV, more than 400 people showed up at a job fair held in Whitehall, Wis., by frac sand producer Hi-Crush. Last year Hi-crush held a successful job fair for its Augusta, Wis., plant.

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Preferred Sands Proppant In Demand

Preferred Sands, one of North America’s largest proppant, well-logistics and resin technology companies, announced significant growth in demand for Garnet, its resin-coated sand (RCS) featuring Teraforce technology from The Dow Chemical Co. Highlighted in the September 2013 issue of Inc. magazine as one of this year's “coolest products,” RSC Garnet is completely non-phenolic and has helped spur greater interest in sustainable alternatives in the oil and gas industry. In addition to being environmentally sensitive, the product is both cost effective and more efficient than phenolic-based frac sands, helping Preferred Sands to assume a greater share of the low-temperature proppant market, according to information fro the company.

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