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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook area reports: domestic 1972
Year 1972, Volume 2 (1972)

Carleton, David A.
Louisiana,   pp. 315-334 PDF (2.2 MB)


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Table 1.—Mineral 
production in 
Louisiana' 
Mineral 
1971 
1972 
Quantity 
Value 
(thousands) 
Quantity 
 Value (thousands) 
Clays thousand short tons_ -Lime do...~Natural gas million cubic feet__ 
Natural gas liquids: 
Natural gasoline and cycle products thousand 42-gallon barrels - 
LP gases do__. 
Petroleum (crude) do... -Salt thousand short tons_ -Sand and gravel do.~_Stone
2 do___ 
1,073 
960 
8.081,907 
54,424 
90,271 
935,243 
13,352 
19,228 
9,688 
r3,646 
XX 
$1,606 
17,625 
1,632.545 
173,425 
166.099 
3,359,710 
67,950 
24,492 
14,139 
W 
T94,739 
1,0~l 
908 
7,972.678 
52,842 
98,233 
891,827 
13,514 
18.920 
9,190 
3.765 
XX 
$1,454 
19,614 
1,626,426 
167,768 
185,660 
3,201,659 
67,464 
26,996 
14,836 
W 
99,666 
Sulfur (Frasch process)_thousand long tons~ Value of items that cannot be
disclosed: 
Cement, gypsum, stone (crushed miscellaneous), and values indicated by symbol
W                                   
Total                             
Total 1967 constant dollars  
XX 
XX 
5,552,330 r 4,721.146 
XX 
XX 
5,411,543 
P4,501.863 
 P Preliminary. r Revised. W Withheld to avoid disclosing individual company
confidential data; included with "Value of items that cannot be discloied."
XX Not applicable. 
 ' Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production
(including congumption by producers). 
 2Excludes some crushed miscellaneous stone; included with "Value of items
that cannot be disclosed." 
  315The Mineral Industry of Louisiana 
By David A. Carleton' 
 For the first time since 1958 mineral production in Louisiana declined,
reflecting the generally poor performance in the petroleum sector. The value
of mineral output in 1972 was $5,412 million, off 2.5% from the previous
year. Crude oil production alone was 4.7% less than that of 1971. Louisiana
continued to maintain its second place ranking in domestic mineral production;
it was the second largest producer of crude petroleum, natural gas, and natural
gas liquids after Texas. These three commodities accounted for 96% of the
State's mineral production value. 
 Although mineral production in Louisiana was down in 1972, economic and
industrial activity were on the rise. Capital investments in new projects
reached a record $1.9 billion, exceeding the previous record set in 1967
by $1.1 billion. Growth comprised $1.2 billion in nuclear power facilities
and $0.7 billion in conventional manufacturing facilities. Investment in
expansion projects totaled an additional $756 million. According to the Department
of Commerce and Industry, Louisiana ranked among the top States in industrial
investment in 1972. Furthermore, with three large 
nuclear powerplant projects underway, the State has taken the lead in the
Nation toward providing necessary nuclear energy supplies. 
 Other than electric utility projects, the greatest industrial investment
was in petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants. Of the $197 million
invested in this sector, Olin Corp. invested $28 million in a petrochemical
plant in Calcasieu Parish and Shell Chemical Co. invested $24 million in
new facilities in St. Charles Parish. 
 The State's petroleum industry faced many problems in 1972 including lagging
production, poor demand caused by a mild winter early in the year, pollution
and environmental considerations that affected management decisions to expand
existing facilities, and the continued delay in the sale of Federal offshore
leases which extended through September 1972. Offshore lease sales which
totaled $590 million in September and $1.67 million in December will stimulate
industry in southern Louisiana and are expected to result in the discovery
of crude oil and natural gas valued in billions of dollars. 
1 Petroleum specialist, Division of Fossil Fuels 
—Mineral Supply. 


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