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Frac Sand

New mines in Texas started operating this summer, offering cheaper sand to drillers in the Permian basin, which accounts for much of the nation’s oil production. At the same time, pipeline constrictions and depleted sand budgets have led to a slow-down in drilling.

Republican Sen. Alberta Darling, co-chairwoman of the budget-writing committee, and Sen. Rob Cowles, chairman of the Senate’s Natural Resources Committee, both told The Associated Press the votes aren’t there to pass the bill exempting Meteor Timber from environmental regulations for its $70 million frac sand processing plan.

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