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Presentation from an Oct. 22 WisPolitics.com-WisBusiness.com event in Eau Claire focused on sand mining.

Presentation from an Oct. 22 WisPolitics.com-WisBusiness.com event in Eau Claire focused on sand mining.

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    • Frac Sand and TransportationTransportation Impacts from Non-Metallic Mining in Wisconsin
    • LOGISTICS, LOGISTICS, LOGISTICS „Triad‟ of potential highway trips from fracture sand industry  Mine Site =>Processing Site => Bulk Load Out Site Most mines are on local road system creating local road issues.  WI Statutes allow local units to assess highway impact fees Most processing is on a rail line connection which eliminates one potential truck trip from processing to load out site. A number of locations have mining, processing, and rail load out contained within a single site and involve no trucking. STH impacts  Short-term – Intersections or convergence points.  Longer-term – Pavement deterioration on certain segments.  Low Risk – Segment length reconstruction or capacity. Railroads become the critical link in the triad.
    • SAND BOOM (2009- EARLY 2012)
    • POTENTIAL STATE HIGHWAY IMPACTS (EARLY 2012)
    • Frac Sand and TransportationMaturation and Stabilization Summer/Fall 2012
    • PROPOSED vs. REAL•Only about 1/3 ofproposed facilities areactually active•“Active” = operatingor under construction•Many large proposalshave done nothing
    • LIMITS ON TOTAL MARKET DEMAND  North American Market only  No International Market  New Technology  Alternative Proppants Other Than “Northern White”  Alternate Methods to fracking  Other Energy Sources  Indications are that over the next five years, a „reasonable‟ market demand of 40 Million TPA with some high end potential of 60 Million TPA .
    • LIMITS ON WI SHARE OF FRACTURE SAND MARKET  “Northern White” is also found in Illinois and Minnesota.  Two large market players, UNIMIN and U.S. Silica, alone are producing almost 10 Million TPA in those states.  “Brown Sand” is widely available in multiple states, including Texas in close proximity to fracture drilling.  Could put WI share of market at 25 Million TPA or less.
    • LOCATION AND LOGISTIC LIMITS
    • PROCESSING CAPACITY Based on Market Demand Demand based on 40 Processing WIS SHARE Million TPA Plants (1.2 (50%) TPA AVG) Frac Sand 30.8 TPA 26 13 Resin Coated 5.2 TPA 5 3 Ceramics 3.6 TPA -- Other <.4 TPA -- Total 40.0 TPA 31 16 Current „Active‟ West Wisconsin Processing Plants 18
    • GEOGRAPHIC AFFINITY AND RAILROADS (FALL 2012)
    • LIMITING FACTORS ON GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION Physical challenges to rail access  Example: BNSF and CP along Mississippi River and bluffs Political issues with access to rail  Local moratoriums on mines, processing, and rail load out  Federal Scenic Byway, WI Scenic Easement Restrictions, Contractual relationships between producers, shippers, and users.  „Put/Take contracts‟
    • POTENTIAL STATE HIGHWAY IMPACTS (FALL 2012)