Everything Begins with Mining
TEXAS MINING AND RECLAMATION ASSOCIATION
The Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA) is an industry trade association of approximately 100 state and national mining industry members representing several thousand employees.
Among the Resources Mined in Texas by Texans are:
- crushed stone
- sand and gravel
Mining is important for every American, not only for what it provides, but also for the impact it has on our economy. One out of every 43 Americans is employed in a job that depends, directly or indirectly, on mining, according to the National Mining Association. Jobs in Texas mining industry are high paying – 12 percent higher than the average wage in the state. The average annual wage in the mining industry in Texas was $50,000 in 2007. Mining operations provided direct employment to 23,710 people and another 65,710 people indirectly from mining activity occurring both in and outside the state for a total of 89,420 jobs statewide. In 2007, a total of 1.5 million jobs were generated by mining in the United States. Mining companies make a significant contribution, in terms of taxes and revenues, in communities in which they operate. The state of Texas ranked second nationally with over $34 Billion in total economic impact to the state economy. Mining is economic development in terms of jobs and tax revenues!
Every American uses an average of 45,500 pounds of newly mined minerals each year. This figure includes 3.7 tons of coal and 0.25 pounds of uranium for the generation of electricity alone.
Texas is the 5th largest coal-producing state in the U.S. and is the largest generator of electricity in the nation and coal, as a fuel source, provides 35 percent of that generation (50 percent nationwide). The most economical power is commercially generated from coal and lignite as a fuel source, which equates to a lower cost, reliable supply of energy. Texas has about 23 billion tons of lignite deposits, with about 10 billion tons economically recoverable in today's market. There is enough economically recoverable lignite remaining to sustain Texas' current consumption for the next 100 years (these reserves far surpass oil and natural gas together in terms of in-state Btu equivalent energy reserves).
The aggregates industry generates thousands of jobs and other benefits in terms of output, income, sales and virtually every aspect of business activity, and provides employment and pays taxes, making a solid and lasting contribution to many parts of the state. Texas is the 4th largest producer of clay and aggregates in the U.S. with 123 stone plants; 227 sand and gravel pits; and, 24 clay-brick plants.
Uranium provides 20 percent of U.S. electricity generation through nuclear power plants and 10 percent of the generation in Texas. Uranium operations in Texas can gear up to supply the two nuclear plants in Texas and more. Each operation supports 100 jobs and a $10 Million payroll. Nuclear can help meet the demand for electricity, inexpensively and increasingly safe.
Texas Mining and Reclamation Association
100 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701