Minerals on Public Lands (Texas)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Texas

Applies to States or Provinces Texas
Name Minerals on Public Lands (Texas)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Coal with CCS, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Texas General Land Office
Primary Website http://www.glo.texas.gov/what-we-do/state-lands/leasing-and-easments/minerals.html
Applicable Jurisdiction Public lands

Last Review 2014-09-15


Any tract of land that belongs to the state, including islands, salt and freshwater lakes, bays, inlets, marshes, and reefs owned by the state within tidewater limits, the part of the Gulf of Mexico within the state's jurisdiction, unsold surveyed public school land, rivers and channels that belong to the state, and land sold with a reservation of minerals to the state are subject to prospect by any person for those minerals which are not subject to lease or permit under any other statute. A person may not prospect from a location within 2,500 feet of a military base, but prospectors may, from a location more than 2,500 feet from a base, look for minerals within the 2,500-foot strip. A permit is required to prospect on public land, and this legislation describes required permit applications and the permitting process. This legislation also addresses the lease of mineral rights to landowners who own the surface of the land in question.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Stephanie Crenshaw, Executive Assistant, Office of the Chief Clerk
Department Texas General Land Office
Division School Land Board
Address Stephen F. Austin Bldg Room 170
Address 2 1700 North Congress Avenue
Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78701
Phone 512.936.1927
Phone 2 1.800.998.4GLO (4456)
Fax 512.463.5248


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

Authority 1: Tex. Nat. Res. Code 53

Authority 2: Tex. Admin. Code 31-1.10