AUSTIN –The Railroad Commission of Texas reports Texas coal production increased by 2.8 percent in calendar year 2014 over the previous year by 1,184,287 tons for a total of 43,633,881 tons produced from 2,651.7 mined acres. Total acres mined also increased for the calendar year by 5.9 percent or 146.6 acres.
Texas remains the sixth largest coal producing state in the nation according to data reported to the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. The Commission collected $2.86 million in fee revenue to regulate surface coal mining.
Chairman Christi Craddick said, "Coal is a vital part of an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy necessary to help move our state and our nation toward energy security. This essential resource is used to power our state's electric generation plants. Of the total 43.6 million tons of coal produced in 2014, 99 percent was used to keep the lights on for Texans."
Commissioner David Porter said, “Coal is an essential component of Texas’s highly successful energy model, and these numbers demonstrate how our state’s common-sense regulatory environment safely renders the production of energy resources needed to power Texans and the Texas economy.”
Commissioner Ryan Sitton said, “As the governor’s designee to the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, I am proud to represent Texas. And as Commissioner I am excited about carrying on the Lone Star State’s tradition of using all available energy resources, including coal, in a manner to protect and manage our natural resources along with maximizing economic opportunity.”
Seventeen of 29 mines permitted by the Railroad Commission produced coal in 2014, and four of these mines began production for the first time in 2014. To see the Commission’s annual coal production report, click here.
About the Railroad Commission
Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov.