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Minnesota Model Zoning Standards Under Fire

Model zoning standards for Minnesota’s frac-sand mining industry got their first public hearing at a meeting of the state Environmental Quality Board and quickly came under fire by mining opponents, according to the StarTribune.

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Using Passive Microseismic Monitoring For Site Safety

With mine- and drill-site safety becoming an increasingly crucial topic in many projects today, new technologies are arising to seismically monitor the structural integrity of any mine or drill site that may consist of rock structures or structural discontinuities.

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E-Book a Primer For Frac Sand Discovery

Brandon DeShaw, founder and lab director for Global Energy Laboratories, a Butte, Mont.-based proppant testing firm serving the hydraulic fracturing industry, has published a free e-book entitled titled “Finding Frac Sand: How to Determine if You Have Hydraulic Fracturing Sand.”

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U.S. Silica Forges Strategic Relationship with Wildcat Minerals

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Wildcat Minerals LLC which provides the company with potential sand storage and rail capacity at 16 of Wildcat’s sand storage facilities located near several major unconventional oil and gas shale basins.

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