Arkansas Frac Sand Getting Barged to Ohio for Marc/Utica Fracking

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Here’s something you don’t read about every day: frac sand being mined in Arkansas. Usually you read about sand being mined in Wisconsin or Illinois, or maybe in Oklahoma or even Texas. But we’ve never read about sand coming from Arkansas. Here’s something else you don’t read about every day: Sand from Arkansas is about to be barged up the Mississippi River, onto the Ohio River, and unloaded at a dock somewhere in Ohio. The sand, which will come from Select Sands, will be used for fracking Utica and Marcellus Shale wells. How cool is that?! Select Sands is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), but operates what appears to be their only mining operation (at least the only one we could find) in Arkansas. According to a company announcement, this is the first time the company has used a barge to transport frac sand. Judging from a recent slide deck on the company’s website, it appears to us this may be their very first order from the Marcellus/Utica region…

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