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Judge Throws Out Frac Sand Lawsuit

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit claiming the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources overstepped its authority by reviewing an administrative law judge’s ruling on a permit for a controversial frac sand operation, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

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U.S. Silica Donates to Fire Rescue Department in Texas

U.S. Silica donated $7,315 to Lamesa Fire Rescue in Texas for the purchase of specialty equipment to outfit a confined space entry and high-angle rescue trailer. The equipment is necessary for a firefighter to safely enter a confined space and perform a rescue in the event of an emergency.

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Vortex Creates Solution for New Sand Plant

In 2017, Vortex completed a large project with an industrial sand manufacturer to construct a new sand processing facility. As part of this project, the client sought solutions for:

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New NIOSH Software Monitors Respirable Crystalline Silica

Mines can now monitor worker exposure to hazardous respirable crystalline silica (RCS) more effectively thanks to new software developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Mining Program in beta version. This novel, field-based tool called the Field Analysis of Silica Tool (FAST), works together with commercially available Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) analyzers to determine a worker’s exposure to RCS dust, providing detailed results immediately following a worker’s shift.

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Victory Nickel Signs Option Agreement

In line with its strategy to provide a full suite of import and domestic frac sand products to the northern oil and gas markets, Victory Nickel Inc. announced that its subsidiary Victory Silica Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Short Grass Ranches Ltd. giving the company the option to mine frac sand from one of the owner’s properties.

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