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

Cooper, Franklin D.
Pennsylvania,   pp. 577-628 PDF (5.9 MB)


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 County Production1 Value1 
Carbon 183 2,042 
Columbia 98 1,475 
Dauphin 47 435 
Lackawanna 311 4,827 
Luzerne 2,097 28,567 
Northumberland 901 9,345 
Schuyikill 2,924 34,980 
Sullivan 68 582 
     Total 2 6,629 82,253 
Dredge production, total 3.. 477 2,998 
     Grand total 7,106 85,251 
  1 For shipments leaving possession  of pro 
ducing companies; does not include selling expense. 
 2 Excludes dredged production. 
 3 Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Northumberland, and Snyder Counties. 
 The total production and its value are distributed as follows: 
Produe 
tion Value 
(thou- (thou 
sand sand Value 
short dcl-  (per 
tons) lam)  ton 
 2,601 31,338 $12.05 
 4,017 50,696 12.62 
 11 172 15.64 
 477 3,044 6.38 
 7,106' 85,251 12.00 
Shipped by railroad..~. 
Shipped by truck 
Colliery fuel_________ 
Dredge coal — 
Total_________ 
THE MINERAL INDUSTRY OF PENNSYLVANIA 
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and asbestos that have accumulated since 1867 on a 25-acre site in downtown
Ambler. The authority wanted the site for an urban renewal housing project.
 Laboratory tests continued in 1972 on the use of sewage plant sludge and
effluent water as fertilizing agents to induce the growth of vegetation on
acidic spoil banks at solid fuel strip mines. These tests had been in progress
since 1968 under the Penn State Waste Water Conservation and Renovation Rsearch
Program funded by a grant from the Office of Water Resources Research (OWRR)
of the U.S. Department 
of the Interior. The project was to be demonstrated in 1973 on an extensive
acreage of nonproductive spoil banks and some forest areas. 
 At U.S. Steel's Frick District Robena coal preparation plant, 500 tons of
fly ash was spread to a 6-inch depth on a 4-acre experimental refuse area
to determine the capability of fly ash as a soil conditioner. 
 US. Steel converted 60 acres of its main slag dump area, known as Brown's
dump, as a site for a shopping center near Pittsburgh. The dump was separated
from the shopping center by a high terrace. 
REVIEW BY MINERAL COMMODITIES 
MINERAL FUELS 
 Coal (Anthracite).—The 7,106,295-shortton production, the smallest
in 10 consecutive years, was 18.6% less than in 1971 and was 17.6% less in
value. The average value of all production increased 14 cents to $12.00 per
ton. 
 Compared with 1971, decreases in production were as follows: underground
26.7% strip, 22J% and cuim bank, 14.4%. Production of dredged coal was 22.3%
greater than in 1971. River dredged anthracite accounted for 6.1% of the
State's total production and 33% of its total value. 
 Twelve companies, each of which produced more than 200,000 tons, produced
4,271,966 tons or about two-thirds of the State's production, excluding that
from dredging. 
 According to DER data, production originated from 117 underground mines,
from 115 strip mines operated under 149 stripping permits, from 63 culm banks
operated by 37 companies, and from river dredging by eight companies. Production
of 6,629,503 short tons, exduding 476,792 tons from dredging operations,
was processed at 55 breakers, 13 cleaning plants, one sizing plant, and five
washeries. Essentially, all of the washing and deaning were performed using
dense-medium vessels, cydones, and Wemco-type cones. 
 Production by counties is shown in table 
Table 10.—Pennsylvania: Anthracite 
production and value by county 
 (Thousand short tons and thousand dollars) 
 1Data do not add to total shown because of independent rounding. 
 Commercial exports, principally to Canada and Western Europe, totaled 743,451
short tons, 72,451 tons more than in 1971, 
and were valued at $10,921,970. Commercial 


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