Officials Want to Make Sure Possible Space Port Doesn't Affect Wildlife


POSTED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 4:50pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 4:51pm

On Highway 4 on your way to Boca Chica beach you hear and see the beautiful sites of nature at the wildlife refuge. Just a couple miles down the road before Boca Chica beach it could be home to a new privately owned space port. Currently Cameron County is one of three locations in the running the space port. The company considering the area near Boca Chica beach as a site is called Space X.

The launch site would be for commercial space vehicles like this Falcon 9. With the possibility of this happening. Us Fish and Wildlife officials want to make sure animals are not affected. They are working with Space-X on an environmental impact statement.

"It could take up to two years, it's a formal consultation with US Fish and Wildlife so we look at the impact on this Space X project on the land surrounding it."

"Here at the Wildlife Refuge there is so many important parts of natures that include migrant birds and endangered species that include the ocelot."

"Our job is to the resources of the United States and the animals habitat that is so special to the Rio Grande Valley. "

Mark Molina from brownsville says he's on board with a space port coming to the Valley.

"If doesn't disturb that wild life refuge it will be all right."

US Fish and Wildlife says they will continue to work with Space X on the environment impact statement.

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