Kansas Minerals Industry
Minerals Industry Report for Kansas
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In 2007, Kansas’ nonfuel raw mineral production was valued at $1.07 billion, based upon annual U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data. This represented an increase of $92 million, or 9%, from the State’s total nonfuel mineral production value of 2006, following a $106 million, or 12%, increase from 2005 to 2006. The State rose to 23d from 24th in rank among the 50 States in total nonfuel mineral production value, of which Kansas accounted for more than 1.5% of the U.S. total. However, per capita, the State ranked 12th in the Nation in its minerals industry value of nonfuel mineral production; with a population of slightly more than 2.78 million, the value of production was about $384 per capita.
Grade–A helium, portland cement, crushed stone, salt, and crude helium were Kansas’ leading nonfuel mineral commodities in 2007, accounting for about 30%, 26%, 18%, and 15%, respectively, and collectively about 88%, of the State’s total nonfuel mineral production value. In 2007, the most substantial increases in nonfuel mineral commodity value took place in the values of Grade–A helium (up by $71 million), salt (up by $14 million), and crushed stone (up by $8 million) (table 1).
Grade–A helium replaced portland cement as the State’s leading nonfuel mineral commodity. The value of Grade–A helium showed a signifi cant increase of 29% with only a 3.5% increase in production. The largest decreases in value took place in portland cement (down by $4 million), common clay (down by $3.6 million) and industrial sand and gravel (data withheldcompany proprietary data) (table 1). In 2007, Kansas continued to be the Nation’s leading producer of Grade–A helium (of seven producing States) and crude helium (of two producing States). The State increased to 5th from 6th in the quantity of salt produced. Additionally, signifi cant quantities of portland cement, crushed stone, crude gypsum, and common clays (in descending order of value) were produced in the State. Production of nonfuel minerals in Kansas in 2007 consisted entirely of industrial minerals, as it has since 1970, which followed nearly a century of metallic mineral mining beginning in 1877.