Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Area reports: domestic 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 2 (1978-1979)
Lockard, D. W.; Schilling, John H.
Nevada, pp. 337-349 ff. PDF (1.4 MB)
THE MINERAL INDUSTRY OF NEVADA 341 about 60 miles northwest of Ely in White Pine County. The project, a 50-50 joint venture with Occidental Minerals Corp., has delineated 50 million tons of material averaging 0.11 ounce gold per ton. Known as Alligator Ridge, the property is being continuously evaluated. Silver King Mines actively engaged in exploration and made numerous announcements on properties it controls. In early 1978, the company signed an agreement with Gulf Oil Corp. giving Gulf 51% interest in the Ward properties. If the properties go into production, Gulf will be the operator with Silver King, either entering into a joint venture or accepting a portion of the proceeds. The company's East Hamilton property in White Pine County, with approximately 250,000 tons of 6.3 ounces per ton silver, was leased to Treasure Hill Exploration of Las Vegas. In 1979, the State's Division of Environmental Protection issued a permit to Silver King to operate a crusher-concentrator in the Taylor mining district near Ely. The concentrator will have a capacity of 1,200 tons per day. A three-phase program to reactivate the former silver producing area near Austin, Lander County, has been undertaken by Argus Resources, Inc. NRD Mining is conducting a two-phase exploration program to evaluate a tungsten deposit about 40 miles southeast of Fallon in Churchill County. In the nonmetallic sector, Sierra Chemical Co. of Reno activated a burnt lime plant at Casselton, Lincoln County, in March 1978. Production averages 200 tons per day. The company is marketing primarily in Utah, but also in California and Nevada. The Kerr-McGee Chemical Corp. in Henderson, sole United States producer of boron trichloride, announced plans in November 1978, to increase production by 200,000 pounds per year. Boron trichloride is used in the manufacture of boron filament, a lightweight and very strong material used as a replacement or reinforcement for metal. The military aircraft industry remains a major boron filament user. In early 1979, a small barite mine, the Barst, was opened by Milchem, Inc., in the Battle Mountain area. Imco Services Co. acquired necessary permits from the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to operate a barite dryer in its barite grinding mill at Mountain Springs, Battle Mountain. Nevada Cement Co. eliminated a dust problem at a slurry pond near its plant in Fernley. The inactive 60-acre pond was leveled and covered with soil which was seeded and watered to establish turf. A new technology has enabled the firm to utilize the waste dust that previously was deposited in the pond in the manufacture of cement. Gulf Resources and Chemical Corp. exercised its options to acquire Industrial Mineral Ventures, Inc., a small company in the developmental stage, which is engaged in mining and processing specialty clay and drilling muds. The newly acquired company has large reserves of bentonite, saponite, calcium carbonate, and hectorite on the California-Nevada border in Nye County. In November 1979, Basic, Inc., announced plans for major capacity expansion of its chemical-grade magnesium oxide plant in Nye County. With the addition of a Herreshoff roasting furnace at its Babbs facility, the $5 million program will generate an additional 35,000 tons of magnesium oxide annually, beginning in 1981. Legislation and Government Programs.—The 60th session of the Nevada State Legislature (1979) was involved with many diverse mineral issues. Of primary importance to the State was a $6.6 million special appropriation to the Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, Reno, for remodeling the existing Mackay building and constructing a new facility nearby. The new construction will house offices, research laboratories, classrooms, and an auditorium. These additions will greatly assist the school in maintaining engineering accreditation. The legislature passed a bill which revised the criminal penalty for filing false documents, including mining claim information. A bill passed in the State legislature, the so called "Sagebrush Rebellion" legislation, may have significant impact on other Western States. A bill supported by the State's mineral industry was enacted, which would permit annualization of costs relating to assessmment and taxation of net proceeds of mines. The State Department of Taxation passed new regulations whereby net proceeds of mine taxes will be expanded to cover sand and gravel, pumice, and stone. Presently, sand and gravel producers are exempt from the tax except when the materials are used to produce cement. The department has advised the State Tax Commissioner that such exemptions are against the State Con-
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