Texas Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act (Texas)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Texas

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
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Railroad Commission of Texas
Primary Website http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/mining-exploration/

Last Review 2014-08-21
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary
Information Source http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/NR/htm/NR.134.htm


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.

Policy Contact

Department Railroad Commission of Texas
Address 1701 N. Congress
Address 2 P.O. Box 12967
Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78711-2967

Website http://www.rrc.state.tx.us/industry/smrd.php

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

Authority 1: Tex. Nat. Res. Code 134