Business: Brimstone Business

Deep in the earth's crust along the Gulf of Mexico are huge knobs of pure salt. In the tortured strata around these salt domes are often found fabulous pools of petroleum and the world's richest sulphur deposits. Water heated under pressure to 330° is forced into sulphur wells. This melts the brimstone, which is then pumped out. Two companies control substantially the entire U. S. sulphur production and the price for years has been $18 per ton— no more, no less. The companies are Texas Sulphur, which accounts for two-thirds of the production,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!