Vancouver, B.C., Canada-based resource growth and development company Select Sands Corp. announced the commencement of a drill program on its Sandtown property in Arkansas. The property is underlain by the Ordovician St. Peter sandstone formation, which is the source of Northern White frac sand selling into the major U.S. oil and gas plays.
There are several surface outcrop exposures of the St. Peter sandstone unit on the property. The property sits 3.1 miles from a highway, has an active power line, and a rail system runs about 14.7 miles away.
The phase one reconnaissance drill program will test the depth/thickness of the sandstone and will determine the grade i.e. mesh sizes of the frac sand. The company will test the properties of frac sand as per the ISO 13503-2:2006/API RP 19C Recommended Practice for Measurement of Properties of Proppants Used in Hydraulic Fracturing and Gravel-packing Operations. These properties include sand sphericity and roundness, crush (K Value), acid solubility, turbidity and SiO2 percent content.
The company also announced that Zigurds R. "Zig" Vitols has joined the company' board of directors. Vitols has served as the president, Mid-South Division, of Martin Marietta Materials Inc.