Elon Musk's SpaceX Project in South Texas Met With Lawsuit to Protect the Tribal Land

By Thea Felicity

Apr 15, 2024 10:53 AM EDT

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In a move to protect the sacred tribal land, a coalition of organizations in South Texas has initiated legal action against the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, contesting the agency's proposed land swap with Elon Musk's SpaceX. 

According to ABC13, the lawsuit was filed in Travis County's district court and challenged the exchange that would grant 43 acres of Boca Chica State Park to SpaceX in return for 477 acres near Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. 

Residents of the Rio Grande Valley, including the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, oppose the swap, asserting Boca Chica's cultural significance and its importance as a recreational space for the local Hispanic community. 

Environmental groups argue that the state's decision disregards viable alternatives and neglects the community's welfare. They emphasize concerns about SpaceX's environmental impact, citing increased stormwater runoff and pollution from its operations.

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Will Elon Musk's SpaceX Project Continue in South Texas?

Despite the lawsuit, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department remains committed to the land exchange, citing the ecological value of the 477 acres near Laguna Atascosa and its potential for public enjoyment. 

Additionally, it's uncertain whether SpaceX will proceed with its plans in South Texas despite the litigation. The outcome will depend on various factors, including the legal proceedings, negotiations between involved parties, and any potential rulings or settlements reached in court. 

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