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Study confirms contribution of lignite to Texas

LIGNITE coal mining and coal-fired electric power generation creates just over $US7 billion in economic activity in Texas annually in addition to supporting 24,290 total jobs in the state, according to a study by the Center for Economic Development and Research (CEDR) at the University of North Texas.

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Study confirms contribution of lignite to Texas

Commissioned by the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association (TMRA), the study confirmed that lignite coal mining and coal-fired electricity generation are important economic engines in Texas, and that economic activity from these industries spark business activity up and down their respective supply chains, according to TMRA executive director Ches Blevins.

“This evidence supported study proves once again that lignite mining and related industries are essential to the production of the goods, services and infrastructure that stoke the engine of our economy and contribute to the comfort and convenience of our daily lives,” he said.

As a reliable source of fuel for electric power generation, Texas lignite coal is an important component of our power source diversification efforts, which makes the US more energy independent and Texas a more competitive place to do business, Blevins said.

University of North Texas CEDR senior research associate Michael Seman said: “Beyond the numbers, lignite coal mining operations are important components of their surrounding communities.

“From employees volunteering at local schools and as first responders to the wide range of employment opportunities and careers provided in rural regions of the state, the holistic value of lignite coal mining in Texas is significant.”

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