Mining is essential to the production of goods, services and infrastructure that improve the quality of our lives. As a developed society we are fortunate to enjoy the many benefits that lignite, uranium and industrial minerals help provide. These benefits include low-cost, reliable electricity and the materials necessary to build our homes, schools, hospitals, roads, highways, bridges and airports.
Mining is important for every American, not only for the raw materials it provides, but for the positive impact it has on our economy. Many mining jobs are located in rural Texas, meaning the mining industry provides an economic boost in communities that need it most. This enhances residents’ quality of life, supports local businesses and schools, and contributes tax revenue to local governments.
The use of Texas-mined natural resources will be critical to meeting the state and the country’s future energy needs. Coal is a stable, abundant and affordable source of electricity. Uranium is a clean fuel source and, with the help of current technologies, can produce more energy than alternative fuel sources. Industrial minerals provide the components necessary to build essential infrastructure – transportation routes, homes, schools, hospitals, and other commercial and industrial facilities.
The Texas mining industry utilizes advanced technologies and techniques to safeguard the environment and minimize environmental impacts. Modern mining methods have a proven and positive track record and are designed to minimize disturbance to land, vegetation, water, air, natural habitat and surrounding communities. Reclamation and restoration programs are subject to an open, comprehensive, and exhaustive permitting process and often exceed state and federal environmental laws.