Texas Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act (Texas)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|Applies to States or Provinces||Texas|
|Name||Texas Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act (Texas)|
|Policy Category||Other Policy|
|Policy Type||Environmental Regulations, Siting and Permitting|
|Affected Technologies||Coal with CCS|
|Program Administrator||Railroad Commission of Texas|
| Last Substantive Modification
The Railroad Commission of Texas regulates all surface mining activities for the extraction of coal. The Commission acts with the authority of the Texas Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act, which establishes that the state of Texas has exclusive jurisdiction over the regulation of surface coal mining and reclamation operations in the state, in accordance with the federal Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act.
The Act establishes that the extraction of coal by responsible mining operations is an essential and beneficial economic activity, provides for the reclamation of land used for mining operations, seeks to strike a balance between environmental protection and agricultural productivity and the state's need for coal as an essential source of energy, provides for the rights of surface landowners, and aims to assure that surface coal mining operations are conducted in a manner that will prevent the unreasonable degradation of land and water resources.
|Department||Railroad Commission of Texas|
|Address||1701 N. Congress|
|Address 2||P.O. Box 12967|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Tex. Nat. Res. Code 134|