Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Area reports: domestic 1972
Year 1972, Volume 2 (1972)
Broderick, Grace N.
Arkansas, pp. 97-110 PDF (1.4 MB)
97The Mineral Industry of Arkansas This chapter has been prepared by the Bureau of Mines, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the Arkansas Geological Commission, under a memorandum of understanding for collecting information on all minerals except fuels. By Grace N. Broderick1 Arkansas mineral production in 1972 was valued at $241.2 million, a decrease of 2.1% from the previous year's record high of $246.3 million, Nonmetallic minerals accounted for the major part of the total mineral value; mineral fuels comprised 39%; metals accounted for the remainder. Nationwide, Arkansas led in the production of bauxite, bromine, and vanadium; it continued to rank third in barite production. Petroleum remained the leading mineral commodity in value, accounting for $58.3 million. Output of coal increased to 427,873 short tons valued at $4.7 million. Ninety percent of the first unit of Arkansas Power and Light Co.'s Arkansas Nuclear One Steam Electric Station was completed by the end of 1972. A construc tion permit for the second unit was issued in December by the U.S. Atomic Energy - Commission. Personnel who will supervise and operate the nuclear station have been receiving specialized training both a-t the Russellville site and in actual operating nuclear powerplants outside Arkansas. Liquid Carbonic Corp., a subsidiary of Houston Natural Gas Corp., reached - an agreement with Arkla Chemical Corp., a subsidiary of Arkansas Louisiana Gas Co., under which Liquid Carbonic Corp. plans to -build a new byproduct carbon dioxide recovery plant. The plant is to be built adjacent to Arkla Chemical Corp.'s Big River Fertilizer complex at Helena. The 1 Physical scientist, Division of Ferrous Metals— Mineral Supply. Table 1.—Mineral production in Arkansas 1 Mineral 1971 1972 Quantity Value (thousands) Quantity Value (thousands) Bauxite ------- thousand long tons, dried equivalenL - Clays 2 thousand short tons -Coal (bituminous) do.. - -Gem stones 1,781 936 276 NA $24,979 1,499 2,848 30 1,634 885 428 NA $21,010 990- 4,676 82 Lime thousandshorttons.. 157 2,313 150 2,456 Natural gas million cubic feet... Natural gas liquids: Natural gasoline and cycle products thousand 42-gallon barrels. - LPgases do....... Petroleum (crude) do......Sand and gravel thousandshorttons.Stone do~~ Value of items that cannot be disclosed: Abrasive 172,154 517 1,035 18,263 11,630 r 17,647 29,426 1,686 2,650 56,805 15,603 r28,776 166,522 261 546 18,519 11,574 16,317 28,808 854 1,420 58,335 16,558 25,020 stone, barite, bromine, cement, clays (kaolin), gypsum, mercury (1971), soapstone, tripoli, and vana dium - XX Total XX Total 1967 constant dollars XX 79,703 XX 81,020 ' 246,318 209.444 XX XX 241,179 "200,637 ' Preliminary. r Revised. NA Not available. XX Not applicable. 1 Production as measured by mine shipments, sales, or marketable production (including consumption by producers). 2 Excludes kaolin; included with "Value of items that cannot be disclosed."
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