Time LimitationsGeneral Recommendations:
Activities on some tracts may be limited to specific time periods to avoid disturbance to colonial nesting waterbirds and endangered or threatened species such as the whooping crane. Lessees conducting activities in these areas must consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or the National Marine Fisheries Service to ensure that their activities do not adversely impact colonial nesting waterbirds or endangered or threatened species.
Definitions and Explanations:
TA - No drilling within the two miles seaward of the gulf shoreline in the area of Padre Island National Seashore. Drilling activity between two and three miles of this shoreline is also prohibited between March 15 and September 15.
Drilling activity within two miles of the gulf shoreline in the area of Padre Island National Seashore is restricted to protect both the aesthetic and recreational values of the public beaches. Drilling is allowed within the area from two miles to three miles from shore during the tourist off-season (September 16 to March 14), but drilling activity in this strip must commence before January 15 to ensure adequate completion time before the March 14 deadline. Access to minerals in the two-mile zone along the gulf beach may be achieved by directional drilling from upland sites on Padre Island if authorized by the National Seashore, or from state tracts beyond the two-mile limit.TB - Tract contains whooping crane critical habitat. No construction, dredging, or drilling between October 15 and April 15. No permanent structures higher than 15 feet above mean water.
All oil and gas exploration activity on this tract is restricted during the period from October 15 to April 15 to protect whooping cranes, which winter in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge area. All permanent structures on this tract must be no greater than 15 feet in height.
TC - Bird rookeries are located on or near this tract. No drilling, dredging, seismic exploration, construction activity, or watercraft landing within 1,000 feet of a rookery during nesting season between February 15 and September 1.
Bird nesting islands must be undisturbed. Any development operations are prohibited within 1,000 feet of the rookery areas during the peak-nesting season from February 15 to September 1.
TD - Nesting sea turtles are located on or near this tract. No geophysical surveying within three miles of the gulf shoreline and along the beachfront during sea turtle nesting between March 15 and September 15. No drilling, dredging, or other construction within 1,000 feet of a sea turtle nesting beach between March 15 and September 15.
Sea turtles have been documented using the beachfront in or adjacent to this tract for nesting. Oil and gas exploration activity on this tract is restricted from March 15 to September 15 to protect nesting sea turtles.
TF - Tract contains habitat for wintering piping plovers. Oil and gas activities, dredging, construction projects, and surveying may be restricted between July 15 and May 15.
Oil and gas activities on this tract may be restricted during the period from July 15 to May 15 if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determines it is necessary to protect piping plovers which winter along the Gulf Coast.