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MSHA Warns About Stockpile Safety

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported that on June 19, a miner died while inspecting a stockpile for oversized material. As the victim walked along the toe of the stockpile, a portion of the stockpile collapsed, covering him with approximately 4 ft. of material.

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Frac Sand Train Accident Caused by Impairment

A CSX Transportation engineer whose train ran through a stop signal and sideswiped a frac sand train near Carey, Ohio, last year had a blood alcohol level five times the legal limit, and also had traces of marijuana in his system at the time of the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

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Fracking Using Less Sand

Fracking companies are blasting less sand into shale wells for the first time in almost three years as oil explorers adjust to lower oil demand and prices amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to an article on Bloomberg.

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Smart Sand Acquires Eagle Materials’ Proppants Segment

Smart Sand Inc. has completed the acquisition of the Oil and Gas Proppants segment of Eagle Materials Inc. The segment’s primary assets include frac sand mines and related processing facilities in Utica, Ill., and New Auburn, Wis., with approximately 3.5 million tons of annual processing capacity, of which approximately 1.6 million tons has access to the BNSF rail line.

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NRG to Build New Plant in Argentina

Mission, Kan.-based Industrial Accessories Co. (IAC) has been selected by NRG Proppants of Argentina (NRG) to engineer and design its new frac sand processing plant and supply specialty equipment in the drying and screening processes.

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