SpaceX cannot expand its base for environmental reasons

the projects of Elon Musk expand the base of SpaceX in Boca Chica, Texas, they encountered yet another setback. The company’s request to expand its facilities was withdrawn by the authorities, failed to provide the required information on the environmental impact of the project on time.

as collected CNBCthe request of United States Army Corps of Engineers to SpaceX dates back to May of last year. However, the South African-born tycoon’s company has not complied and the procedure for granting the authorization it needs cannot continue without the data in question.

In any case, the fact that they gave up on this SpaceX request does not mean that the process was completely refused. The company can apply for the permit again, but it must start the procedure from scratch and must comply with the requests for information made by the authorities.

The letter sent to SpaceX explains that it has not executed the data requirement, nor presented a compensatory mitigation plan; that is, how the company could cope with the expansion of its facilities without compromising natural resources. It should be mentioned that Elon Musk’s plan is to expand his current base by taking advantage of a land of almost 7 hectares which includes wetlands and mudflats.

What the authorities want to know is how the Boca Chica base expansion will affect wetlands. They also want SpaceX to explain if there are any threatened or endangered species in the area and if the work will directly impact them, and if it knows if the affected area has any historic properties.