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

Corrick, John D.
Oregon,   pp. 565-575 ff. PDF (1.2 MB)


Page 565

  565The Mineral Industry of Oregon 
By John D. Corrick' 
 The value of Oregon's mineral production decreased in 1972 to $76.5 million,
a 2% decline from the 1971 value of $78.0 million. Nonmetals accounted for
90% of the total mineral production value. Losses in production value for
clays, nickel, and stone more than offset gains in the production value for
gem stones, lime, sand and gravel, and cement. 
 Oregon remained the only producer of primary nickel in the United States
in 1972. Nickel mine production decreased 1% in 1972 compared with that of
1971. Activity related to gold production increased in 1972. Cornucopia Minerals,
Inc. of Denver, Gob., began mining a gold placer deposit on Pine Creek about
45 miles northwest of Baker, Oreg., in 1912. Increased demand for aluminum
at yearend resulted in Reynolds Metals Co. reopening its Troutdale aluminum
reduction plant which had been closed for 1 year. 
 Construction of Portland General Electric 
Co.'s Trojan nuclear powerplant near Rainier, Oreg., continued to progress
in 1972. The plant received a 353-ton nuclear reactor vessel and two of four
350-ton generators during the year. 
 Concern for Oregon's environment became more evident in 1972 when the Department
of Environmental Quality (DEQ) began imposing pollution standards on industry,
including noise levels on exploration in wilderness areas. Exploratory drilling
for oil and gas on Federal lands was delayed pending preparation of environmental
impact statements. No Federal leases for geothermal drilling were granted
in 1972 because an environmental impact statement and Federal regulations
governing the leasing of land, drilling and operation of geothermal wells
had not been completed. 
 1 Physical scientist, Division of Ferrous Metals— Mineral Supply.
Table 1.—Mineral production in Oregon' 
Mineral 
1971 
1972 
Quantity Value (thousands) 
Quantity Value (thousands) 
Clays thousand short tons...Copper short tons....Diatomite do.. 
157 
 3 
70 
$255 
 3 
 1 
151 W W 
$238 
 W 
 W 
Emery do.. --Gem stones                               
 1 
NA 
W 755 
- - 
NA 
- - 
793 
Gold troy ounces....Lime thousand short tons...Mercury 76-pound flasks...Nickel
short tons... 
Pumice and volcanic cinder.. - - ..thousand short tons... 
Sandandgravel do......Silver thousand troy ounces...Stone thousand short
tons.... 
Value of items that cannot be disclosed: 
 244 
 106 
W 
17,086 
 r 948 20,230 
4 
13,794 
10 
1,989 
W 
W 
r 1,389 28,707 
6 
26,708 
W 
96 
16,864 
W 
224,489 
2 
10,915 
W 
 2,129 
~ 
W 
W 
234,981 
4 
18,380 
Cement, talc, tungsten and values indicated by 
symbolW                           
Total                              
Total 1967 constant dollars               
XX 
18,212 
XX 
19,991 
XX 
XX 
' 78,035 66,351 
XX 
XX 
76,516 P 68,654 
 i' 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). 
 2Data not directly comparable with previous years because of increased industry
coverage. 


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