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JAN 2013

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Cadre Proppants Unveils Proppant-on-Demand System Cadre Proppants unveiled what it is calling the world's first Proppant‐on‐Demand System (PoDS). The multi‐million dol‐ lar project, located at Cadre's proppant facility in Voca, Texas, is designed to reduce costs associated with schedul‐ ing, transportation and storage of the large volumes of prop‐ pant required by companies engaged in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells. Cadre can now supply, within 24 hours, more than 20 mil‐ lion lb. of proppant directly from the plant‐site to a well‐site in the Permian Basin or the Eagle Ford Shale, two of the most active producing regions in North America. The new system comprises 45,000 tons of on‐site storage, seven loading bays, each with its own scale, 24/7 operations and the safest and most efficient shipping process in the in‐ dustry, according to the company. "Advancements in horizontal fracturing technology have led to a need for substantially larger volumes of proppant. This requirement has created logistical issues which, in turn, have led to escalating costs in the way of transportation and demurrage as well as additional storage resulting in tremen‐ dous inefficiencies," said Jerry McGee, president and chief executive officer of Cadre. "With our PoDS, proppant goes directly by truck from the plant‐site to the well‐site, thus re‐ ducing or eliminating the logistical issues associated with proppant delivery and the risk of contamination or degrada‐ tion that may result from multiple handling of product. Cus‐ tomers can now meet their needs from an existing inventory of API/ISO‐quality proppant in close proximity to 50 per‐ cent of all active drilling land‐rigs in the United States." Frac Sand Insider 2013 Conference & Exhibition Rock Products will host the Frac Sand Insider 2013 Conference & Exhibition June 6‐7, 2013, at the Westin in Pittsburgh. The event is designed to be focused and informative, tai‐ lored to both experienced frac sand producers and compa‐ nies just entering the industry. The event will also give manufacturers and consultants an opportunity to meet di‐ rectly with decision‐makers from sand producers through‐ out North America. The Frac Sand Insider 2013 Conference & Exhibition will: n Focus on Marcellus and Utica Shale Opportunities. n Permitting and Legal/Regulatory Issues. n Crushing/Screening/Conveying. n Making Sand in Spec and Testing. n Transportation Logistics. n Sustainability/Community Relations Issues. For information about exhibiting, contact Director of Sales Sean Carr at 216-409-9026, or scarr@mining-media.com. Head Off Headlines Before they Occur Frac sand producers, and aggregates operations hoping to begin producing frac sand, are to a certain extent, already defined by the frac sand producers that have come before them. In some cases, producers who do the wrong things be‐ come the ones with whom the community and national media take issue. Case in point is a recent article creating a very negative per‐ ception that appeared in the Huffington Post. The article be‐ gins, "While flying back home to Wisconsin earlier this fall, Victoria Trinko had no trouble spotting her family farm from the sky. She simply looked for the frac sand mines that have begun to punctuate the rural Midwestern landscape. "From the ground, tending to her cows, Trinko said she is more likely to feel, smell or taste the presence of those mines and the trucks hauling its powdery sands toward an expand‐ ing array of natural gas drilling sites. The sand is an essential ingredient in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking process. "'When I walk in from the field, I can feel the dust on my 14 ROCKproducts • JANUARY 2013 face. This grit, I can chew it,' said Trinko, the town clerk for Cooks Valley, Wis. In October, about a year after a mine opened within a half‐mile of her home, she was diagnosed with asthma. "Trinko can't prove a connection, much as it's been tough for residents at the other end of the natural gas production line to definitively say that drilling has poisoned their air and water. But she is one of a number of Midwest residents con‐ vinced of the health hazards posed by the frac sand mining that has proliferated in tandem with fracking." Frac sand producers must make a proactive effort to be conscious of the environmental impact of their operations, and get involved in their community. Being environmen‐ tally responsible – and publicizing it – is the type of image‐ building that creates long‐term benefits. Only by becoming part of the community, rather than working within it, can producers build the types of bridges that help develop a good – and less stressful – working relationship with com‐ munity members. www.rockproducts.com

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