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Texas has potential coal reserves of 23 billion tons of lignite and 787 million tons of bituminous coal. Sulfur content ranges from 0.7 to 1.5 percent for lignite and 1.4 to 3.6 percent for the bituminous coal. Texas coal seams average eight feet thick.

Most of the lignite is used to generate electric power within the State. Lignite from one mine is converted into activated carbon. Texas is the nation's fifth-ranked coal-producing State and the largest lignite producer in the world.

  • Regulation and Reclamation

    • The Surface Mining and Reclamation Division of the Railroad Commission of Texas has responsibility for SMCRA activities related to active coal mining (Title V) and responsibility for SMCRA activities related to abandoned coal mines (Title IV) in the State of Texas.

  • State Contacts

  • Grants

    • Texas grant reports and related documents are contained in the official grant file maintained at the:

      Mid-Continent Region
      501 Belle Street, Suite 215
      Alton, IL 62002

      Telephone: (618) 463-6460
      Fax: (618) 463-6470

      They can be reviewed during normal business hours. Alternatively, these documents can be requested through the Tulsa Field Office and a copy of the grant file will be made available. The copy may be requested in paper or electronic format.

  • Oversight

    • What is Oversight?

      OSMRE defines "oversight", as the "process of evaluating and assisting states [and tribes] in the administration, implementation, and maintenance of approved programs. In collaboration with each state/tribe, OSMRE develops a Performance Agreement/Evaluation Plan tailored to the unique conditions of each state/tribe program. Performance Agreements/Evaluation Plans between OSM and the states establish how oversight is conducted during each evaluation year.

      Learn more about OSMRE's National Oversight Program.

      Oversight Documents

      To view oversight documents visit, OSMRE's REG-8 Oversight Database:

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