The Sierra Club and other organizations have filed a lawsuit against the Texas authorities over the closure of the Boca Chica beach due to SpaceX. On June 1, a judge is expected to hear a lawsuit to restrict access to a beach in South Texas in connection with SpaceX’s Starship activities.
The Sierra Club, the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, and the non-profit organization Save RGV have teamed up in a lawsuit against the Texas Land Office, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, and Cameron County, Texas for periodically closing Boca Chica Beach to SpaceX. Boca Chica Beach is close to the SpaceX Starbase site, where prototype Starship rockets and their super-heavy boosters are being built.
The controversial Boca Chica beach is located near Starbase. The Starbase site is currently undergoing an environmental review by the US Federal Aviation Administration, planning to receive approval for an orbital launch of a super-heavy rocket.
The rocket is designed to deliver people and cargo to the Moon, Mars and other distant places. Founder Elon Musk also said that settlement on Mars and deep space exploration would be made possible by reusability.
The lawsuit states that the beach was closed for 196 hours (equivalent to about 8 days) in the first three months of 2022, and in 2021 it was closed for more than 600 hours (about 25 days).