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  • Frac sand in ambient air does not pose a health concern for Winona residents, according to the Winona Daily News. The first look at eight months’ worth of air monitoring data in downtown Winona, Minn., showed silica sand was, for the most part, undetectable. Only two samples taken from state monitors between January and August detected silica in the air, and both were well below the health standard set by the Minnesota Department of Health. “There isn’t a silica-related health issue in Winona at this time,” said Minnesota Pollution Control Agency spokesperson Jeff Hedman during a special meeting with local officials and the public, where MPCA officials presented results taken from air monitors on top of the YMCA.

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  • According to the latest PacWest Consulting Partners ProppantIQ market study, North America proppant consumption is expected to increase at 23 percent per annum through 2016, from 80 billion lb. in 2013 to 153 billion lb. in 2016, with much of the growth occurring in frac sand consumption. Growth in proppant consumption is driven by an increasing number of horizontal wells fracked and increased proppant intensity (i.e. increased mass/well).The RCS and Ceramic markets will both grow at 9 percent and 2 percent per annum, respectively. Supply of all proppant types is expected to increase moderately through 2016, after substantial capacity increases between 2011 and 2013. Logistics will be challenging into the next few years, causing significant price increases at the well pad. This is due to shortages in railcars, built-for-purpose frac sand truck trailers and other factors. However, there should be improvement by 2015.

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  • Claim Post Resources Inc. signed an Engagement Letter with P&E Mining Consultants Inc. to complete a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) on the company's Seymourville Frac Sand Project located approximately 200 km north east of Winnipeg, Manitoba. P&E will be retaining Consultec Ltd. to assist in the to provide technical input into the frac sand plant material handling design plus complete a preliminary design of a transload facility in Winnipeg. The PEA will be prepared according to the guidelines set out in National Instrument 43-101.

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  • According to the Capital Times, Midwest Environmental Advocates, the nonprofit environmental law center, has put together a 29-page petition document that calls on Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board to direct the Department of Natural Resources to conduct a health and environmental study of the state's fastest growing industry, frac sand mining. Residents interested in pushing the state to take a cumulative look at the frac sand mining industry are being encouraged to sign the online petition.

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  • The three-person Buffalo County, Wis., Board of Adjustment tabled a conditional use permit for the Seven Sands frac sand mine and wash plant at a recent public hearing in Alma, Wis. The hearing lasted six hours and included expert testimony by consultants hired by Glacier Sands, the company that would operate the mine, as well as attorneys representing the Cochrane-Fountain City School District and John and Nettie Rosenow. Approximately 150 people turned out for the hearing and more than 40 testified. Seven Sands’ landowners, friends and family members, wearing lime green “Sand = Jobs” t-shirts, voiced unconditional support for Glacier Sands and its proposed mining operations. Other speakers expressed a wide range of concerns from environmental issues effecting the health, safety and welfare of the community to problems associated with potential damage to highways, bridges and county roads.

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