A Houston-based company that plans to produce tiny ceramic beads from North Dakota clay now has zoning approval for a site near Gladstone.
Carbo Ceramics received approval at the city's meeting July 9 for an 85-acre site just north of Gladstone on the east side of the Enchanted Highway.
Ceramic beads are used during hydraulic fracturing in oil production to prop open the fracture fissures so oil can flow from the dense Bakken formations. Sand is also used for the same purpose.
A Gladstone project would be the first time the product is made in North Dakota.
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Gladstone Mayor Kurt Martin said the site falls within the city's extra-territorial zoning authority. He said the city still wants to see a site plan.
Carbo Ceramic spokesman Steve Bell said the company will have more to say about the project after announcing its quarterly earnings report next week.
State Geologist Ed Murphy has said the North Dakota clay deposits have been studied for their suitability as a ceramic material.