The Nature Conservancy in Texas continues to request a complete Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the full scope of impacts that SpaceX’s facilities expansion has had and may have on Boca Chica’s unique and productive natural environments.
South Texas is a conservation priority for The Nature Conservancy (TNC). TNC has partnered with government agencies and local groups for more than 30 years to conserve land at Boca Chica—one of the most sensitive natural areas in the state of Texas and the southwestern United States.
Boca Chica sits at the intersection of the Rio Grande, the region’s largest river, and the Laguna Madre, the world’s largest hypersaline bay system, which creates a habitat mosaic of expansive wetlands, coastal prairies, Tamaulipan thornscrub, barrier island dune grasslands, wind-tidal flats and Gulf beaches. It is also home to federally endangered species including piping plovers, red knots, sea turtles and occasional ocelots. The lower Laguna Madre is also vital habitat for migrating shorebirds and wintering raptors.
The species and ecosystems adjacent to the Boca Chica facility are some of the rarest on this planet and deserve due consideration—including detailed planning for mitigation and monitoring and assurance of proper oversight and follow through by responsible parties and/or agencies—to ensure the continued survival of these vital species and habitats.
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