INSPIRE Knowledge Base

The Coal Authority

LMO Description
The Coal Authority
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Great Britain
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>The Coal Authority works to protect the public and the environment in coal mining areas. Managing the effects of past coal mining in order to promote public safety and safeguard the landscape – now and for future generations.</p> <p>The Coal Authority owns, on behalf of the country, the vast majority of the coal in Great Britain, as well as former coal mines. The Coal Authority is an NDPB (non-departmental public body) sponsored by DECC (Department for Energy and Climate Change), and was established by Parliament in 1994.</p> <p>The Coal Authority own and maintain data listed in Annex 3 of the INSPIRE Directive. </p>
    Main Activities: 
    The Coal Authority are required to undertake specific statutory responsibilities including: -Licensing coal mining operations in Britain -Handling subsidence damage claims which are not the responsibility of licensed coalmine operators -Dealing with property and historic liability issues, such as treatment of minewater discharges -Providing public access to information on past and present coal mining operations -Providing a 24 hour call-out service for reported surface hazards.
    The Coal Authority are currently implementing a Disclosure of Information project, working with over 200 public and private sector organisations across Great Britain in order to reduce the impact of coal mining legacy on public safety and as part of a controlled release of this information into the public domain.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Great Britain
    Societal Sector: 
    Central Government
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    The Coal Authority have extensive experience in communicating complex GIS to non specialists through its mining reports service. Through this service, data trading, as a consultee for planning applications and through our new Disclosure of Information project, it is essential to be able to effectively carry out successful multi agency working, understand and keep up to date with current standards and also the limitations within many organisations. The Coal Authority have been applying metadata to their data for many years and supplying this to members of the public or organisations.
    Primary Business: 
    Public Safety, Land Management
    Environmental application domains: 
    Man-made hazard management