Cavern Protection (Texas)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Texas

Applies to States or Provinces Texas
Name Cavern Protection (Texas)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Coal with CCS, Geothermal Electric, Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Caves and adjacent lands

Last Review 2014-09-15


It is public policy of the state to provide for the protection of caves on or under Texas lands. For the purposes of this legislation, “cave” means any naturally occurring subterranean cavity, and includes or is synonymous with cavern, pit, pothole, well, sinkhole, and grotto. No person may excavate, remove, destroy, injure, alter in any significant manner, or deface any part of a cave owned by the State of Texas, unless the person possesses a valid permit under this section. A permit may be obtained following the receipt of an application giving the reasons and objectives for the excavation, removal, or alteration and the benefits expected to be obtained from the contemplated work.

Policy Contact

Department Texas General Land Office

Address 1700 Congress Ave.

Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78701-1495
Phone 1.800.998.4GLO (4456)


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Tex. Nat. Res. Code 201