Fracking Sand Shortage Leads To New Texas Sand Mines

A resurgence in oil and gas drilling is underway in Texas, but drillers are running short of sand. It’s a certain grade of sand that’s needed, and most of it comes from Minnesota and Wisconsin. Because of the shortages, companies are now mining west Texas sand.

By Ed MayberryJanuary 26, 2018 9:30 am| , , , ,

From Houston Public Media:

Energy analysts Evercore said the sand shortage is a temporary blip before new mines open in west Texas. Steve Swanson is with Northern Industrial Sands in Wayzata, Minnesota.

“Yes, there currently is. We’re running out of certain gradations. Sand predominantly comes in four sizes, and the finest two sizes are consistently running into shortage.”

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