Select Sands Corp. ("Select Sands" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:SNS) is pleased to announce the commencement of a drill program on its Sandtown property in Northeast Arkansas, USA. The property is underlain by the Ordovician St. Peter sandstone formation, which is the source of 'Northern White' frac sand selling into the major US oil and gas plays. There are several surface outcrop exposures of the St. Peter sandstone unit on the Property. The property sits 3.1 miles from a highway, has an active power line, and a rail system runs about 14.7 miles away.
The phase one / reconnaissance drill program will test the depth / thickness of the sandstone and will determine the grade i.e. mesh sizes of the frac sand. The company will test the properties of frac sand as per the ISO 13503-2:2006/API RP 19C Recommended Practice for Measurement of Properties of Proppants Used in Hydraulic Fracturing and Gravel-packing Operations. These properties include sand sphericity and roundness, crush (K Value), acid solubility, turbidity and SiO2% content.
The company is also pleased to announce that Mr. Zigurds R. "Zig" Vitols has joined the company' Board of Directors. Mr. Vitols has served as the President, Mid-South Division, of Martin Marietta Material, Inc. Martin Marietta, an American-based company and a member of the S&P 500 Index, is a leading supplier of aggregates and heavy building materials, with operations spanning 32 states, Canada and the Caribbean. Mr. Vitols worked as the Northeast Regional Manager for W. R. GRACE & Co, a publicly traded company which produces specialty chemicals and materials and operates in over 40 countries. Mr. Vitols has a Masters of International Business (MBA) from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland & studied Civil Engineering Technology at Mohawk College, Hamilton, Canada.
"Zig will assist in planning the Company's rail distribution network as per his previous experience with Union Pacific, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Kansas City Southern Railroads," Select Sands President and CEO Rasool Mohammad commented. "Besides logistics & distribution, Zig's other areas of expertise, such as Joint Ventures, Business Development, Operational Cost Optimization, Competitive Market Positioning and International Responsibilities, will help advance the Company's frac sand project in Arkansas."
Mr. Vitols will be replacing Leonard Jaroszuk, who has resigned from the company's board. The Company thanks Mr. Jaroszuk for his work as a director at Select Sands.
The Company is pleased to announce that it will also be issuing up to 1 million options at $0.15 to certain officers and directors.
Cameron Bartsch, M.Sc., P.Geo., of Tetra Tech EBA, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed the scientific and technical information disclosed in this News Release and has approved its dissemination.