IS-69 Colorado Minerals and Mineral Fuel Activity Report, 2003


Describes exploration, development and production activity of the gas and oil, coal, and mineral industries in the state of Colorado in 2003. The report also includes information on the state-wide economic impact of these industries. 50 pages. 47 figures. 15 tables. Digital PDF download. IS-69D

The estimated total value of 2003 mineral and mineral fuel production in Colorado is $6,051 million, a 49 percent increase from the revised 2002 total value of $ 4,061 million. The total estimated value of oil, natural gas, and carbon dioxide production in 2003 was $4,667 million, which is up 70 percent from the 2002 value of $2,743 million. The value of Colorado coal production is estimated at $682 million, up 11 percent from the 2002 value of $616 million.

Nonfuel mineral production — including metals, industrial minerals, and construction materials: The USGS Mineral Information Office estimates the value of the 2003 non-fuel mineral production to be $702 million, an 11.6 percent increase from the 2002 value of $629 million. Price increases for both molybdenum and gold were a factor in the increase of non-fuel mineral value.