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NOV 2012

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Rock ProductsReleases Frac Sand Insider Webinar Frac sand plants are currently being operated by everyone from giant corporations with extensive resources and high‐tech equipment, all the way down to wildcat producers with a small deposit and mobile equipment. Should you break into the frac sand market? Rock Products has released a free webinar that will give you information that you need to make an in‐ formed decision. The magazine convened an all‐ star panel, moderated by Editor Mark S. Kuhar, which discusses permitting, the legal and regula‐ tory climate, setting up a plant and making product in spec. The panelists are: Bryan Esch Bryan Esch is an attorney with the Wisconsin‐ based law firm of DeWitt Ross & Stevens. Bryan represents businesses and individuals in matters involving business law, mergers, acquisitions, con‐ tracts and licensing, real estate, family business and succession planning, agri‐business, mining, frac sand, financing, and estate planning and pro‐ bate. He received a J.D., cum laude, from the Uni‐ versity of Wisconsin and B.A., summa cum laude, from Marquette University. Jon Paglio Jon Paglio, along with Ron Vaughn and Frank De‐ Milta, is one of the founders of Southern Ohio Sand in Beaver, Ohio. His knowledge of hydraulic frac‐ turing, water filtration, foundry processes and steel processes has helped turn Southern Ohio Sand into a first‐class frac sand producer that also offers a wide spectrum of high‐purity silica products. John Getty John Getty is an Instructor and Lab Director in the Petroleum Engineering Department at Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. The Proppant Research Di‐ vision (PRD) focuses on advancing the state‐of‐the‐ art in fracture stimulation technologies and assisting with the initial evaluation of material. He has earned a B.S. in Applied Physics from Colorado State University, and a M.S. in Science Education from Montana State. Webinar sponsors are McLanahan Corp., Midwest‐ ern Industries, Tecweigh and Weir Minerals. To listen to the free webinar, go to www.rockproducts.com. 14 ROCKproducts • NOVEMBER 2012 "It's just sand," said Rick Frick of Houston, Minn., the founder of Minnesota Sands, the firm pursuing at least three mining leases in northeast Allamakee County. "It's strictly the choice of the landowner," Frick said. "They call me to test their sand. I don't push anybody. It's up to them if they want to sell their sand." Frick's company has applied for a special‐use permit to mine silica sand on an 11‐acre site in the Sand Cove area near the Upper Iowa River about 5 miles southwest of New Albin. Griffin attempted to allay residents' concerns. Fugitive dust at the mine will not be a problem, said Griffin, who asserted that the sand is moist when extracted and loaded on trucks. Noise at the mine will be less than 65 decibels, which Griffin said is compara‐ ble to the sound of human conversation. www.rockproducts.com Victory Nickel Updates Status of Frac Sand Initiative Victory Nickel Inc. provided an update regarding ongoing initiatives by the company's subsidiary Victory Silica Ltd. (VSL). VSL was created earlier this year to establish Victory Nickel's presence in the frac sand market prior to commencing production of both nickel and frac sand at the 100‐percent‐owned Minago mine in Manitoba, Canada. The Minago feasibility study envisions production of up to 1.14 million tons per year of premium‐quality frac sand from the Winnipeg Forma‐ tion sandstone resource that overlies the Minago nickel deposit. In order to establish Victory Nickel as a premier frac sand supplier today, VSL plans to produce premium‐quality Midwest frac sand in Canada by shipping raw or partially processed sand from Wisconsin to an existing sand processing facility in Alberta. Discussions concerning VSL's acqui‐ sition of the Alberta plant are well advanced. At the same time as it is developing this business, VSL is pursuing addi‐ tional opportunities it has identified to generate near‐term cash flow in the frac sand market. VSL is in negotiation with several firms involved in the processing and provision of frac sand and associated products. "The frac sand market is constantly evolving, and this presents new opportunities to VSL," said VSL CEO Ken Murdock. "High‐quality Mid‐ west frac sand remains at a premium, and the relationships we are es‐ tablishing in the United States and Canada will benefit Victory Nickel in near‐term and down the road when Minago financing, mine develop‐ ment and production moves forward." Frac Sand Firm, Opponents Face Off in Iowa According to The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, opposition is rap‐ idly mounting to a proposed frac sand operation in Allamakee County. "Mining interests are coming at us like a runaway bull‐ dozer going 100 mph," said Ric Zarwell of Lansing, leader of the Allamakee County Protectors, a growing cadre of local residents opposed to a proposal by a Minnesota firm to mine sand south‐ west of Lansing, near the Mississippi River.

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