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

Slatick, Eugene R.
Wyoming,   pp. 781-805 ff. PDF (2.9 MB)


Page 781

  781The Mineral Industry of Wyoming 
This chapter has been prepared under a cooperative agreement between the
Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Geological Survey
of Wyoming for collecting information on all minrals. 
By Eugene R. Slatick1 
In 1972, as in previous years, Wyoming's mineral industry maintained its
place as a major sector of the State's economy. The total value of mineral
production reached $747 million, compared with $718 million in 1971. The
per capita value of mineral production in 1972 was approximately $2,200.
The principal minerals according to value were crude oil, sodium carbonate,
natural gas, uranium, and coal. Together they were valued at more than $650
million. Mineral fuels, including natural gas liquids and uranium, were valued
at about $612 million, more than 82% of the total value. 
Wyoming's crude oil production ranked fifth in the Nation and first in the
Rocky 
Mountain Region, but the total output declined during the year. The quantity
of natural gas marketed declined, but the value rose. Natural gas liquids
increased in both quantity and value. 
Coal production reached an alltime record, ranking Wyoming 10th among the
Nation's coal producers. Two new coal companies began operations. Additional
expansions underway during the year are expected to result in a continued
rise in coal production. Wyoming's coal, which is low in sulfur, was used
mainly to generate electric power. About 45% of the coal produced during
the year was used by powerplants in the State. 
 1 Mineral specialist, Division of Fossil Fuels— Mineral Supply. 
Table 1.—Mineral production in Wyoming 1 
1971 
1972 
Mineral 
Quantity 
Value (thousands) 
Quantity 
Value 
(thou 
sands) 
Clays thousand short tons....Coal (bituminous) do.....Gemstones         
                          Gypsum thousand short tons -Iron ore (usable) thousand
long tons, gross weight -Lime thousand short tons -Natural gas miffioneubicfeet..~Natural
gas liquids:   LP gases thousand 42-gallon barrels~ 
   Natural gasoline and cycle products do - - -Petroleum (crude) doW... 
Sand and gravel thousand short tons~Stone do...~Uranium thousand pounds...
Value of items that cannot be disclosed: 
Cement feldspar, phosphate rock, pumice (1972), sodium carfonate and values
indicated by symbol W       
Total                                     
Total 1967 constant dollars                     
1,798 
 8,052 
NA 
r 232 
 1,808 
27 
380,105 
 5,474 
 2,514 
148,114 
 9,820 
 2,894 
 6,986 
XX 
$17,878 
27,335 
135 
918 
W 
W 
58,156 
10,127 
 7,415 
459,079 
 8,750 
 4,789 
' 43,311 
80,544 
1,873 
10,928 NA 
W 
 2,030 
W 
375,059 
 7,691 
 3,015 
140,011 
 9,098 
 3,549 
 8,544 
XX 
$18,509 
40,898 
142 
W 
W 
W 
60,760 
15,536 
 8,951 
432,071 
14,916 
 5,768 
253,827 
95,365 
XX 
XX 
717,937 
610,462 
XX 
XX 
746,743 i' 621,216 
 P Preliminary. ' Revised. NA Not available. W Withheld to avoid disclosing
individual company confidential data; included with "Value of items that
cannot be disclosed." XX Not applicable. 
 ' Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production
(including consumption by producers). 
 ' Bureau of Mines estimate. 


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