Frack Sand Demand Leads to Booming Mines

Frack sand, used in hydraulic fracturing operations, is in high demand as shale gas and oil plays grow in the U.S. The Eagle Ford is one of the major hot spots for sand demand. A lot of the sand used in the South Texas play is brought in from Central Texas where sand is easy to mine and has favorable characteristics.  That means it’s uniform, relatively smooth, and round. Good sand can cost upwards of $100 per ton and an operation in the Eagle Ford can used more than 2,000 tons in one well. If you’re counting, that’s $200,000 for sand to complete one well.

It’s truly a boom and as many as 1,000 people are employed in McCulloch County in the sand mines alone. That doesn’t include truckers and other support needed to keep the mines running.  For reference, that is a couple hundred miles away from the closest Eagle Ford production. The Eagle Ford job machine continues on……..  [Read more…]