Eagle Ford Shale Gets New Frac Sand Source

Eagle Ford Frac Sand

Eagle Ford Shale operators will soon have a new local source for frac sand.

Frac Sand Shipment Largest on Record

Preferred Proppants announced last week it has begun commercial operations at its Atascosa sand mine and facility. The opening of the Eagle Ford Shale facility is part of the company's strategy to move production closer to the demand.

This opening represents a significant event within our continued, multi-year localization strategy. The Atascosa facility, coupled with our second local plant opening in the near term in Monahans, Texas, will ultimately add over 6 million tons of capacity available to our customers in both the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale.
— Michael O’Neill, founder and CEO of Preferred Sands


The facility is in the heart of the Eagle Ford in Atascosa and Bexar counties and will ultimately produce 3 million tons of local sand per year. Other details include:

  • Wet and dry plant and storage silos
  • Automated, multi-lane, drive-in, drive-out trucking capabilities.
  • Produces high quality 40/70 and 100 mesh local sand