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DustPRO™ Installs First Application Unit in the Marcellus/Utica

July 16, 2015
By Business Wire News


Today, DustPRO, LLC announced that it has installed its first DustPRO™ Application Unit in the Northeast region at a transload facility operated by Matriculated Services, LLC. The first-of-its-kind DustPRO™ Application Unit was seamlessly integrated with existing site operations at the Morgantown Industrial Park in Morgantown, WV, and the first job coated 5,000 tons of sand to reduce airborne particles and crystalline silica exposure at sand transfer points.

Industrial hygiene results from the first job indicate that 100 percent of the 6 area and 4 personal samples at the well site fell significantly below the Occupational Health and Safety Association’s (OSHA) Permissible Exposure Limit (PELs) of 100 μg/m3. The average DustPRO™ sample was 7 μg/m3, which is approximately 93 percent less than the current OSHA PEL.

“When we first brought DustPRO™ to market in 2014, we did so with the goal of creating a safer work environment at the well site,” said Marc McQuesten, vice president of DustPRO™. “Bringing a DustPRO™ Application Unit to West Virginia allows us to deliver DustPRO™ treated sand throughout the southern Appalachian region, and we are thrilled with the results that came from the first job out of Matriculated’s site in Morgantown.”

Based in the Morgantown Industrial Park, Matriculated’s facility is served by a private rail spur and is barge capable via the Monongahela River. The facility has over 20,000 tons of flat storage capacity with expansion plans underway.

“At Matriculated Services, LLC, our mission is to move frac sand in the most efficient and quality controlled manner, which requires the implementation of state-of-the-art technology that only DustPRO, LLC can provide,” said David M. Sutherland, president of Matriculated Services, LLC. “We take pride in our clean and environmentally friendly operations and this product and application unit successfully addresses air quality concerns and the health of our workers. We have been extremely pleased with the results thus far.”

DustPRO™ Application Units are being made available to all sand suppliers, terminal operators, service companies and E&Ps across North America. DustPRO™ expects to have an Application Unit installed in the Northern Appalachian region in Q3 2015 to reduce airborne particles and crystalline silica exposure for oil and gas workers throughout the Marcellus/Utica.

DustPRO™ is one of many pioneering technologies developed by Preferred in an effort to create higher-quality, more efficient products that drive increased production, while also protecting the health of oil and gas workers at well sites throughout North American.

For more information about DustPRO™’s dust-control solution, visit

About DustPRO™:

DustPRO™, headquartered in Radnor, PA, is an affiliate of Preferred Technology and is one of the hydraulic fracturing industry’s most innovative dust prevention technology companies. DustPRO™ is dedicated to providing a cost-effective and environmentally safe treated sand solution designed to eliminate airborne particles during all sand transfer points, including pneumatic transfer, without causing any effects on operations or requiring additional space on-site. Since its launch in 2014, DustPRO™ has been committed to the protection of the environment as well as the health and safety of the communities it serves.

About Preferred Technology:

Preferred Technology, headquartered in Radnor, PA, is an affiliate of Preferred Sands and is one of North America’s leading technology companies in the hydraulic fracturing industry. Launched in 2007, Preferred is dedicated to developing and growing innovative technology solutions, including Preferred RCS, its environmentally-sensitive line of resin-coated sands, and DustPRO, the first cost-effective dust prevention solution designed to help oilfield service, exploration and production companies meet and exceed current and future silica dust exposure limits. In June 2013, Preferred Technology opened its Houston technology center, where it continues to develop pioneering products that have earned Preferred recognition as a world leader in innovative and sustainable proppant technologies throughout the oil and gas, chemical, and technology industries. The company’s various awards include: the 2014 CPO Polyurethane Innovation Award for Improving Oil Productivity; 2014 R&D 100 Award for Improving Oil Productivity; 2013 Oil & Gas Awards Environmental Initiative of the Year; 2013 Oil & Gas Awards Industry Supplier of the Year; 2013 Oil & Gas Awards Excellence in Environmental Stewardship; and 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Energy, Cleantech, and Natural Resources. Preferred Technology is not only committed to the protection of the environment but also the health and safety of the communities it serves.

Preferred Sands
Matt Goldstein, 484-385-2953