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IMA-NA Lauds WOTUS Proposal

The Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced the proposed new definition for Waters of the United States (WOTUS):

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NSSGA, NISA Partner to Create Industrial Sand Division

The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) announced an agreement with the National Industrial Sand Association (NISA) to create a new Industrial Sand Division (ISD) of NSSGA. Members of NISA will form the nucleus of NSSGA’s Industrial Sand Division.

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Hydraulically Fractured Horizontal Wells Account for Most New Oil and Natural Gas Wells

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2016, hydraulically fractured horizontal wells accounted for 69 percent of all oil and natural gas wells drilled in the United States and 83 percent of the total linear footage drilled. The combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has increased the rate of recent U.S. crude oil, lease condensate, and natural gas production.

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Athabasca Invests in Montney In-Basin Frac Sand Project

Athabasca Minerals Inc. purchased 49.2 percent ownership of a private Alberta corporation (Privco) that owns the Montney In-Basin frac sand project located in the vicinity of Dawson Creek and Fort St John, Alberta, Canada.

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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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