“By 2018, it has been estimated that if hydraulic fracturing were eliminated, the US would suffer a 23% reduction in oil production, and a 57% reduction in natural gas production (‘Measuring the Economic and Energy Impacts of Proposals to Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing’, IHS Global Insight, 2009).”

“According to the latest estimates of Thomas Dolley, mineral commodity specialist at the US Geological Survey (USGS), frac sand could account for as much as 50% of the total industrial sand and gravel produced...”

With Minago's 15 million tonne of sand (frac and other types) in the pit footprint and estimates of 75 million tonne within the quarry license plus possible further tonnages over the entire Minago property, (see page 4 of the MD&A of 3/31//2012) one can see the potential at Minago.