…neither Musk nor his staff brought up any major obstacles to locating the launch site at Boca Chica, Martinez said.
“He just said where are we on the project; what else needs to be done?” he said.
What else needs to be done: An Environmental Impact Statement has yet to be completed and a waiver granted, if possible, through the Legislature to the state’s public beach access law. The waiver would be necessary to legally close the beach for a period of time before and after each launch.
Launches would take place no more than once a month after the site became fully operational, according to the company.
A second EIS hearing is set to take place in April, with the EIS itself expected to be completed this summer. SpaceX could make a decision on where to locate the new launch site in the third or fourth quarter of this year.
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