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Cultural Resources Surveys Conducted During February 2015 South Eagle Ford Zone Atascosa, La Salle, and McMullen Counties
Texas Historical Commission
During the month of February 2015, Goshawk Environmental Consulting, Inc. (Goshawk) conducted three cultural resources surveys within the Eagle Ford Play, South Eagle Ford Zone, at the request of EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG). The three project areas subjected to cultural resources investigations included the proposed Stephen Y Bar South Oil Gathering Pipeline, Stephen Y Bar South Gas Gathering Pipeline, and Orion Unit #1H and #2H Flowlines. Except where noted, each Area of Potential Effect (APE) was a 75-foot (23-meter [m]) wide Right-of-Way (ROW) consisting of a 50-foot (15-m) wide permanent easement and a 25-foot (8-m) wide temporary construction easement. Investigations were conducted by Goshawk archeologists Scott Justen and Erin Keenan with assistance from Bear Aspra and Mitch Juenke. Scott Justen served as primary author and Reign Clark and Ron Ralph served as contributing authors for this report of investigations.
The cultural resources surveys were performed according to Council of Texas Archeologists survey standards, in compliance with the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Rules of Practice and Procedure, Chapter 26, Section 27, and under the general guidelines of the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Site files on the THC’s Archeological Sites Atlas (Atlas) website database were consulted prior to the commencement of the field effort for previously recorded site locations, references to previous archeological surveys undertaken, and place names of interest in the vicinity of the proposed projects.
Streams potentially under United States Corps of Engineers (USACE) jurisdiction which cross the APEs were assessed by an ecologist via desktop and field reviews prior to commencement of the cultural resources survey. As per the established procedure of due diligence, any segment of an APE that falls within an area potentially under federal jurisdiction or any portion of an APE that falls within a 328-foot (100-m) radius of a known cultural site would be subjected to a cultural resources survey. Any segment of an APE to be surveyed under this protocol was labeled as a “review area” and was subjected to cultural resources survey.
During the survey of each project, shovel tests were placed within each review area. Shovel testing and surface inspection resulted in no significant cultural deposits documented within the survey areas. Based on these results, it is Goshawk’s opinion that no significant cultural resources will be impacted by construction within the surveyed ROWs. Goshawk recommends that the projects be allowed to proceed as planned with the caveat that construction be limited to the surveyed ROWs. In the unlikely event that cultural resources (including human remains) are discovered, all construction or maintenance activities should be immediately halted and both the USACE and an archeologist should be notified.
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