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OFR 1995-08

Mineral Aggregate Commodity Analysis

Abstract: This report is the first attempt to give a broad perspective on separate regions in Alberta. Alberta is not mature in terms of mineral aggregate: legislative procedures are incomplete, a resource inventory is not in place, and the industry and public concerns are still at a sparring stage. The mineral aggregate sector in Alberta is developing rapidly, and the next 10 years will be critical in the development of a philosophy and procedures that will guide mineral aggregate development for many decades.The report includes a survey of producers to determine the size, value and nature of the industry in Alberta for 1991. Sand and gravel is produced, transported and used within various individual market regions. The greatest total consumption (production) is concentrated around Calgary and Edmonton. In Alberta, 4% of the producers mine 53% of the total production, and 66% of the provincial production comes from only 10% of the operators (those that mine more than 250,000 tonnes annually).The mineral aggregate industry in Alberta comprises several thousand pits run by about 300 public and private sector producers. Total provincial production of sand and gravel in 1991 was 45,484,836 tonnes worth $163,226,689.00. This places Alberta fourth in total mineral aggregate production in Canada and second in sand and gravel production. The annual per capita consumption of mineral aggregate in Alberta for 1991 was 18.7 tonnes, considerably higher than the Canadian average of 10.4 tonnes.It is essential to inventory our resources as most other provinces have done. There is no public accounting of mineral aggregate reserves. Although the amount of sand and gravel present apparently is vast, available reserves actually are much smaller and being consumed at twice the rate at which they are being discovered. No public mapping has taken place in Alberta for the last five years and existing resources are being removed from access through land use restrictions.These resource data must be followed with a resource-conservation strategy that identifies those resources to be preserved for the future. It is essential to understand our demand and use for mineral aggregate. An annual survey of all producers should be undertaken by the province in sufficient detail to enable regional resource evaluation. Decisions on the development of deposits that will affect more than one jurisdiction should have input from the province to aid a municipality in its land-use decisions. Place Keywords 72e 72l 72m 73d 73e 73l 73m 74d 74e 74l 74m 82g 82h 82i 82j 82n 82o 82p 83a 83b 83c 83d 83e 83f 83g 83h 83i 83j 83k 83l 83m 83n 83o 83p 84a 84b 84c 84d 84e 84f 84g 84h 84i 84j 84k 84l 84m 84n 84o 84p alberta canada Theme Keywords analysis aggregate resource

Edwards, W.A.D.  1995-01-01

OFR 1989-13

Bibliographic Index and Overview of Aggregate Resource Publications

Production of sand and gravel in Alberta is recorded as early as 1922 when $222, 091 was produced (Research Council of Alberta, 1934). The overall importance and demand for gravel and concern about dwindling supplies has long been understood by the ... Show Abstract

Edwards, W.A.D.  Chao, D.K.  9118-02-10

OFR 1984-25

Sand and Gravel Resources of 7 to 36-54-1-W5 and 1 to 6-55-1-W5

The Alberta Research Council is presently conducting a province wide sand and gravel resources study for the Alberta Department of Energy and Natural Resources. In February, 1980 the Edmonton Regional Planning Commission requested stratigraphic ... Show Abstract

Edwards, W.A.D.  1980-04-01

OFR 1976-15

Sand and gravel resources of the Battle River Region

Sand and gravel resources of the Battle River Region The area covers over 6000 square miles in south-central Alberta between latitudes 52° 20’ N and 53° 18’ N, longitudes 111° 7’ W and 114° 6’ W. It includes all or parts of townships 39 to ... Show Abstract

Shetsen, I.  1976-08-01

OFR 1975-25

Sand & Gravel and Peat Moss Development Possibilities for Northern Albertans

Sand & Gravel and Peat Moss Development Possibilities for Northern Albertans Both also have broadly similar problems and procedures in development.Our approach for dealing with these subjects is for me to first give a brief and general overview of ... Show Abstract

Hamilton, W.N.  1975-11-26