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Study: Frac Sand Mining a Boon for Employment, Earnings, Economies

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A new Policy Study from The Heartland Institute shows industrial sand mining has been “a significant driver of economic growth across the Upper Midwest.” If done in an environmentally responsible manner, the study finds, “it can be an important source of employment and earnings for decades to come.”

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Fairmont Santrol Revenues Up

Fairmont Santrol reported that first quarter 2015 revenue totaled $301.5 million, up 2 percent from $294.9 million for the same period in 2014. Overall sales volumes increased to 2.3 million tons for the quarter, an 8 percent increase compared with 2.1 million tons in the first quarter of 2014.

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CRU Logistics Opens Third Frac Sand Transloading Facility

CRU Logistics LLC opened its third frac sand transloading facility in south Texas. The terminal, known as its "light model" is located at the Alamo Junction Rail Park (a dual-served industrial park) in Elmendorf; placing it within 50 miles of the Eagle Ford's core counties.

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USGS Publishes Milestone Frac Sand Studies in Rock Products

Newly released research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) describes U.S. hydraulic fracturing (frac) sand deposits and their locations, and provides estimates of frac sand production, consumption and reserves. A companion map of producing and potential frac sand and resin-coated sand source units in the conterminous U.S. is also included in the research studies, which were published in the May issue of Rock Products magazine.

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