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Texas approves SpaceX land swap

Despite a concerted effort by a small group of activists to stop it, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission yesterday approved a proposed land swap that would give SpaceX 43 acres of state park land in exchange for receiving 477 acres in a nearby wildlife refuge.

The commission said that the land swap “would create a tenfold return,” allowing the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to begin planning for a new state park that would give the public access to fishing, kayaking, hiking and other outdoor activities.

…The 43 acres it would give to SpaceX are “noncontiguous,” with the commission noting that most of the acres “do not connect to each other or to areas offering public access at Boca Chica State Park.”

“These smaller, noncontiguous tracts do not provide beach access and are dotted among private properties or immediately adjacent to SpaceX’s facilities, meaning they aren’t readily available for public use and provide less cohesive wildlife habitat than offered by a connected and consistently managed tract of conservation land,” the announcement reads.

The opposition came from the same activist groups that have been attempting by lawfare in every way to shut SpaceX down. They claim in the article at the link that “SpaceX has a history of being a bad neighbor, wreaking havoc on the communities and habitat nearby,” but there is zero evidence of this. Even Fish & Wildlife was forced in its own environmental report to admit that there was no reason to block Starship/Superheavy launches at Boca Chica. And the general community is enthused about the presence of SpaceX because of the billions of dollars of new investment and tens of thousands of new jobs it has brought to the Brownsville region.

These activist groups are simply another visible expression of the irrational hatred the left now holds for Elon Musk, because he has dared defy the left in a number of ways. Sadly, these groups routinely get strong help from every media source (also part of that left), always getting quoted and always getting treated as if they are a major political force in the region, when only a tiny minority in south Texas is on their side.

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  • David Eastman

    Wow that article at The Hill doesn’t hide it’s bias very deep. “Widespread Criticism” repeated several times, but of course no data to back that up. The claim that SpaceX is a “Bad Neighbor” is put out there with no rebuttal, etc.

    From first hearing about this proposal to this hearing has gone quickly for government action. But apparently this is just the first step allowing Texas to actually consider the swap, the swap itself has not been approved yet. I presume it will be, but how long will that take? And of course there will inevitably be an attempt to stop it via lawsuit at that point.

  • Jeff Wright

    NYPOST reports eco-arsonist attack on Texas Gigafactory. reports on the Falcon launched MethaneSat.

    Watch for it to “report” Boca the worst violator.

    Elon just tossed upwards the very noose he will be hung with–just watch.

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