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EPA Claims Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its scientific report on the impacts from hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources, which provides states and others the scientific foundation to better protect drinking water resources in areas where hydraulic fracturing is occurring or being considered. The report, done at the request of Congress, provides scientific evidence that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources in the United States under some circumstances.

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Heartland Institute Releases Sand Policy Study

The Heartland Institute has released the fifth in its series of policy studies authored by Mark Krumenacher and Isaac Orr, “Comprehensive Regulatory Control and Oversight of Industrial Sand (Frac Sand) Mining.”

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Fairmount Santrol Third-Quarter Report Offers Promise

Fairmount Santrol announced results for the third quarter of 2016. Third-quarter revenues were $134.8 million, up 18 percent from $114.2 million in the second quarter of 2016 and down 21 percent from $171.0 million for the third quarter of 2015. Overall volumes sold were 2.4 million tons for the quarter, an increase of 24 percent from 2.0 million tons in the second quarter of 2016 and an increase of 19 percent from 2.0 million tons in the third quarter of 2015.

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Winona County Bans Frac Sand Mining

Winona County became the first county in Minnesota to pass a total ban on frac sand mining. Experts on both sides of the issue said Winona County is likely the first county in the nation to do so. The victory for environmentalists came after years of citizen activism against frac sand generally and a more than one-year-long campaign for this ban specifically. Ban supporters celebrated their achievement. Ban opponents promised to sue the county.

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Sand Demand Could Surpass Historical Peak Levels

In a recent investor presentation, Emerge Energy Services (EMES) said, “Recently revised estimates from Wall Street analysts indicate sand demand will surpass historical peak levels by 2017.”

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