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General Recommendations:

Activities on some tracts may be limited to specific time periods to avoid disturbance to state or federally listed endangered or threatened species and colonial nesting waterbirds and their critical habitat. Lessees should coordinate activities with the corresponding agencies to ensure that their activities do not adversely impact endangered or threatened species or colonial nesting waterbirds. Consultation agencies include: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the National Park Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

All activities should be coordinated with the commenting agencies and should use Best Management Practices to avoid unnecessary impacts to sensitive areas. The following mitigation sequence may be applied during the evaluation of potential adverse impacts of a project: (1) avoidance of adverse impacts; (2) minimization of adverse impacts; and (3) compensation for unavoidable adverse impacts.

For information on Best Management Practices and guidelines to reduce the overall impact to the environments and facilitate permitting, please visit:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District construction guidelines: http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/Regulatory/ConstructionGuidelines.aspx

Definitions and Explanations

  • TA – Drilling is prohibited within the area from two miles to three miles seaward of the Gulf shoreline of the Padre Island National Seashore during sea turtle nesting season from March 15 through September 30.
    Drilling is prohibited within the area from two miles to three miles seaward from March 15 through September 30 to avoid interference with nesting sea turtles. Drilling is allowed within the area from two miles to three miles seaward from October 1 through March 14. Drilling activity in this area must begin before January 15 to ensure completion before March 15. Contact the National Park Service Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery for regulations and mitigation measures required for oil and gas operations to reduce the direct impacts that could occur to nesting sea turtles.

  • TB – Dredging, oil and gas related activity, or development operations may not be allowed during whooping crane overwintering season from October 15 through April 15. Permanent structures higher than 15 feet above ground are not allowed.
    This tract contains whooping crane designated critical habitat. Most activities on this tract are restricted during the period from October 15 through April 15 to protect overwintering whooping cranes.

  • TC – Dredging, oil and gas related activity, development operations, or watercraft landing may be prohibited, within 1000 feet of a bird rookery during peak nesting season, which typically occurs from February 15 through September 1.
    Bird rookeries are located on or near this tract. Nesting birds must be left undisturbed. Any activities may be prohibited within 1000 feet of a rookery area during the peak-nesting season from February 15 through September 1. A biological monitor may be required.

  • TD - Geophysical surveying may be restricted from the seaward base of the sand dunes or vegetation line Gulfward three miles during sea turtle nesting season from March 15 through September 30.
    Sea turtles have been documented using the beach in or adjacent to this tract for nesting. Geophysical surveying on this tract may be restricted from March 15 through September 30 to protect nesting sea turtles. A biological monitor may be required. Contact the National Park Service Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery for regulations and mitigation measures required for oil and gas operations to reduce the direct impacts that could occur from crushing or covering of nests or turtles.

  • TE - Dredging, oil and gas related activity or other development operations may be restricted within 1000 feet of a sea turtle nesting beach from March 15 through September 30.
    This tract contains areas with documented or potential sea turtle nesting beaches. Activities may be restricted within 1000 feet of a sea turtle nesting beach from March 15 through September 30. A biological monitor may be required. Contact the National Park Service Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery for regulations and mitigation measures required for oil and gas operations to reduce the direct impacts that could occur to nesting sea turtles.

  • TF – Dredging, oil and gas related activity or other development operations may be restricted during piping plover season, typically from July 15 through May 15.
    This tract contains designated critical habitat for piping plovers. During this period, oil and gas related or other development activities may be restricted. A biological monitor may be required.

Links to Additional Resources

Contacts

George Martin
Landman
512.475.1512
George Martin