SpaceX application to expand Texas facilities withdrawn by US Army

The US Army Corps of Engineers has withdrawn a SpaceX application to expand Starship facilities in Boca Chica, Texas.

According to CNBC, the withdrawal was due to SpaceX failing to provide the agency’s environmental information.

SpaceX sought approval to construct a new landing pad, launch pad and other infrastructure at their South Texas facility.

The US Corps of Engineers oversees wetland development under section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

SpaceX wanted to fill in parts of the wetlands at its Boca Chica facility for the expansion.

In a letter on March 7, the agency noted that SpaceX failed to say how it would build facilities differently. Nor did they say if they would locate them elsewhere to avoid harm to the wetlands, water and wildlife.

The agency did tell SpaceX they could re-initiate the application.

The US Army Corps of Engineers was not the only federal agency raising concerns.

As per ESG Hound reporting, the US Fish and Wildlife Service also expressed similar concerns. The Fish and Wildlife submitted comments to the Federal Aviation Authority, citing that SpaceX did not provide adequate environmental information about their planned expansion.

Neither SpaceX nor the US Army Corps of Engineers commented on the withdrawal.

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