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TX - SpaceX sued over Boca Chica beach closures for rocket tests

The Sierra Club and a South Texas organization of Indigenous peoples have sued the Texas General Land Office alleging repeated closures of Boca Chica Beach for SpaceX operations violate the state constitution.

The Sierra Club and a South Texas organization of Indigenous peoples have sued the Texas General Land Office alleging repeated closures of Boca Chica Beach for SpaceX operations violate the state constitution.

The California environmental group and a Floresville-based nonprofit representing the Carrizo/Comecrudo Nation of Texas filed the lawsuit Thursday in Cameron County District Court.

It’s not the first suit to take aim at state lawmakers for allowing closures of highways and beaches to accommodate SpaceX, which has dubbed the rocket production facility and test site Starbase.

In October, SaveRGV, an environmental advocacy nonprofit in the Rio Grande Valley, filed a suit that alleges officials’ repeated closure of Boca Chica Beach for rocket tests and launches violates their constitutionally guaranteed right to access public beaches. It aims to prevent future closures of the beach and Texas 4, the only road that leads to the 8-mile stretch of beach.

On ExpressNews.com: Environmentalists sue Texas Land Office and Cameron County over SpaceX beach closures

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