BROWNSVILLE—-SpaceX, the commercial space exploration company slated to test rockets near Boca Chica, realized it needed more room for its operations along the coastline according to a request on file with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. This means more wetlands will be converted back to dry land for the SpaceX facility.
While a permit was issued for 3.3 acres of water to be covered in Sept 2014, the newest project design requires an additional 2.13 acres of wetlands for the launch site.
If approved, the total direct impact for the immediate environment stretches to 5.43 acres. In exchange, the company was also required to preserve 50-acres of high quality tidal flats, or wetlands as part of its environmental mitigation efforts. Now if permitted, the company would have to compensate with 54-acres of land preserved.
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