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14 • ROCK products • October 2016 www.rockproducts.com FRAC SAND INSIDER The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) prepared a strategic analysis to reassess the latest scientific, natural resource and socioeconomic information relating to the state's industrial sand mining and associated infrastructure. The strategic analysis updates information provided in a 2012 DNR document entitled "Silica Sand Mining in Wiscon- sin." The report was intended to be a dynamic document and updated as new, significant information became available. There are no oil or gas wells located in Wisconsin, thus this document does not address the effects of hydraulic fracturing. Public comments on the strategic analysis were received by the department from July 5 to Aug. 22, 2016. The department also held a hearing on July 26. Sixty people attended the hear - ing and 22 individuals spoke on the record. The department also received 50 comments on email and by letter. All public comments will be considered as the DNR prepares the final analysis. According to the DNR, the strategic analysis evaluates factual information to inform policies and approaches for conten- tious resource issues. The purpose of the analysis is to inform future discussions and decisions. Strategic analysis follows these general steps. 1. Scoping – defining the topics and information sources to be considered and the analytical methods to be em- ployed. This step includes public input. 2. Information gathering and analysis. 3. Document preparation. 4. Public review – at least 45 days will be allotted for pub- lic review of the analysis, and a hearing may be held. 5. Comment response – the department will consider all comments received, and may revise the strategic anal- ysis, if warranted. 6. The final version of the analysis document and all com- ments and supporting information will be made avail- able to the public and press, universities, the governor and legislature, as well as state, local, federal and tribal agencies. Wisconsin DNR Releases Industrial Sand Strategic Analysis Unimin Specialty Minerals and its Tamms and Elco plants were recognized for outstanding community involvement and support activities as well as safety performance by the Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP). The Community Relations Award and Rock Solid Safety awards were presented on August 8 by IAAP's Dan Eichholz and PIE Committee member Jack Hennessey of Southern Illinois Stone during a safety celebration day and luncheon. "I understand we are fortunate to be located in these great communities for many years so we share our good fortune by giving back and supporting local organizations and ensuring each of our workers are given the support to work safely," noted Alan Joiner, the Tamms/Elco plant manager. "With the company's support, our employees have done a fantastic job and these awards acknowledge their efforts." When presenting the awards, IAAP executive director, Dan Eichholz proclaimed, "Unimin Specialty Minerals exemplifies the ideals necessary to empower its employees to be good cit- izens of the community by supporting and encouraging their outreach efforts and by incorporating community involve- ment and safety for miners into its company philosophy." BMC to Construct New Transload Facility in Texas A plot of land just south of Pecos, Texas, will become home to the newest transload facility for Badger Mining Corp. (BMC) in the coming months. Sitting on the Pecos Valley Southern Railway, which connects to the Union Pacific in Pecos, the nearly 300-acre site will accommodate 120 railcar spots after Phase I of construction is completed in early 2017. "Badger Mining is positioning itself to remain a leader in the silica sand industry with multiple recent expansions in its distribution network," said Steve Banker, logistics develop- ment associate at BMC. "This newest addition to the BMC family of distribution points is a result of intense research and planning, and in the end, all signs point towards Pecos." The Pecos transload facility, with its easy access to both state and interstate highway systems, will be staffed for 24/7 service. Once completed, it will become BMC's 25 th transload facility in the company's North American distri- bution network. "Our customers are doing amazing things in the Delaware Basin and we look forward to supporting them in producing some of the best wells in the country," said Adam Katz, leader of sales and marketing at Badger Mining. "Increased prop- pant intensity will present new challenges in the future; with our new site in Pecos, we will have the scale and location necessary to grow right along with our customers." Unimin Plants Receive Community, Safety Awards

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