Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook area reports: domestic 1972
Year 1972, Volume 2 (1972)
Brown, Brinton C.
Indiana, pp. 245-267 ff. PDF (2.4 MB)
Table 8.—Indiana: Limestone and dolomite sold or used by producers, by county—Continued (Thousand short tons and thousand dollars) County 1971 Quantity ~— Value 1972 Quantity Value Type of stone produced in 1972 Putnam Randolph Ripley Rush Scott Shelby Sullivan Switzerland Vigo Wabash Warrick Washington Wayne Wells White Total 2,774 W W W W W 15 - - W W W W W W W 4,060 W W W W W 40 - W W W W W W W 2,861 W W W W W 11 63 W W 14 W 180 W W 4,094 W W W W W 30 115 W W 44 W 297 W W Crushed. Do. Do. Dimension and crushed. Crushed. Do. Do. Do. Do. Do. Do. Do. Do. Do. Do. 26,199 48,051 27,238 50,204 W Withheld to avoid disclosing individual company confidential data; included in "Total." Table 9.—Indiana: Calcareous marl production THE MINERAL INDUSTRY OF INDIANA 257 Year Number of Short Value producers tons 1968 13 35,828 $28,311 1969 12 31,671 30,190 1970 12 23,208 23,436 1971 12 29,074 26,095 1972 9 26,137 24,171 Berry Materials Corp. ceased operations at its Versailles quarry and reactivated the Old Cord Stone quarry about half a mile south of the Versailles quarry in Ripley County. France Stone Co. acquired the May Stone and Sand, Inc., operations in Allen County. In January, Empire Resources International, Tulsa, Okla. purchased the Radcliff, Inc., quarry near Orleans, Orange County. Sulfur.—Using the Mathieson-Fluor proc. ess, American Oil Co., (Amoco) recovered byproduct sulfur from crude petroleum at its Whiting refinery in Lake County. Early in the year Cities Service Oil Co. started operation of new sulfur removal and recovery facilities at its East Chicago refinery in Lake County. The new unit has a daily capacity of 50 tons of sulfur removed from refinery fuel gases, light hydrocarbon liquids, and distillate fuel oils. New equipment in the $3.5 million facility comprise a sulfur recovery unit, an amine absorption system, and a distillate hydrotreater. The distillate hydrotreater removes about 90% of the sulfur compounds from 9,000 barrels a day of distillate fuel oil product. In late December Cities Service suspended refinery operations. Atlantic Richfield Co. recovered sulfur at its refinery in Lake County. Sales of elemental sulfur increased 111% in quantity and 146% in value. MINERAL FUELS Coal (Bituminous).—Ranking seventh in the United States, Indiana's coal production increased 21% in quantity and 31% in value. The average price increased 40 cents a ton to $5.58 for all coal mined in the State. The price of strip mine coal increased to $5.51 a ton and the price of underground coal rose slightly to $6.62 a ton. Production of underground coal decreased 18% as a result of the abandonment of the Thunderbird mine, Indiana's largest underground mine, operated by AMAX Coal Corp. in Sullivan County on May 26, 1972. About 94% of the coal was produced at 36 strip mines by 26 companies in nine counties; the remainder was mined in *four underground mines. The largest underground mine, operated by Kings Station Coal Co. in Gibson County, produced 950,493 tons during the year. About 34% of the coal was mined in Warrick County. Peabody Coal Co. was the State's largest producer followed by AMAX Coal Co. and Enos Coal Corp. Overburden at strip mines ranged in thickness from 15 to 97 feet. The thickness of the strip coal seams ranged from 24 to 57 inches with small tonnages produced from seams up to 82 inches thick. Underground mine coal seams ranged in thickness from 71 to 80 inches.
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