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Defenders of Wildlife calls for a more in-depth environmental impact study (EIS) after a fire, caused by a SpaceX rocket, scorched 68 acres of protected refuge surrounding the launch site.   

Senior Texas Representative for Defenders of Wildlife, Sharon Wilcox, released the following statement in response to the recent fire:
“This latest fire illustrates the disastrous effects these experimental launches have on protected lands and wildlife, including rare and endangered species. These are not anomalous events. They are a regular byproduct of SpaceX launches. We need a more in-depth environmental impact study for the Boca Chica, Texas launch site before these types of activities become more frequent and the damage to the surrounding habitat and wildlife is compounded.”

SpaceX publich road with wildlife crossing sign, SpaceX Launch Site
Sharon Wilcox/Defenders of Wildlife

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