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State Rejects Pattinson’s Request to Sell Water

The state of Iowa intends to reject a company's request to sell 2 billion gal. of water from the state's Jordan aquifer to drought-stricken communities in the West, saying it would have "a negative impact on the long-term availability of Iowa's water resources."

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Athabasca Secures Offtake Agreement With Shell Canada

Athabasca Minerals Inc. announced that AMI Silica Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AMI, has secured an anchor offtake agreement with Shell Canada Energy for its Duvernay Frac Sand Project.

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Select Sands Announces Start of a Plant Reconfiguration Project

Select Sands has started a reconstruction project to optimize and consolidate processing assets to improve costs. The company has also completed the purchase of the Diaz Rail Loading Facility, located in Diaz, Ark., for the remaining payment of $968,747. Under the lease-to-purchase agreement, the total cost of the Diaz Rail Facility was $2,050,000 with prior lease payments applied to the total purchase price.

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U.S. Geological Survey Details Industrial Sand Production

The U.S. Geological Survey announced in its 2020 Mineral Commodity Summaries publication that U.S. mines produced approximately $86.3 billion in minerals in 2019 – more than $2 billion higher than revised 2018 production totals.

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Canadian Premium Sand Touts Wanipigow Sand Project

Canadian Premium Sand Inc. (CPS) announced that it has concluded a comprehensive capital optimization review relating to the company’s Wanipigow Sand Project. CPS estimates a revised capital cost of CAD$120 million for facilities required to extract, produce and market silica sand at a production rate of 1.25 million metric tonnes per year.

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