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Cultural Resources Survey Conducted During August and October 2017 South Eagle Ford Zone Atascosa, La Salle, and McMullen Counties
Texas Historical Commission
During the months of August and October 2017, 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 projects subjected to cultural resources review were the Red Stag Unit #2H, #3H, #4H, and #5H Flowlines right-of-way (ROW); Donnell Lowe Pasture #5H, #6H, and #7H Access Road ROW; and Pineapple Unit #1H #2H Access Road ROW. The Area of Potential Effect (APE) was a 75-foot (23-meter [m]) wide ROW, consisting of a 50-foot (15-m) wide permanent easement and a 25-foot (8-m) wide temporary construction easement. The cultural resources investigations were conducted by Goshawk archeologist Reign Clark and Phil Schoch with Bear Aspra. Reign Clark served as primary author and Ron Ralph and Phil Schoch served as contributing authors for this report of investigations.
The cultural resources surveys were performed according to the 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 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 the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) jurisdiction that cross the APE were assessed by an ecologist via desktop and field reviews prior to commencement of the cultural resources surveys. 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.
A cultural resources survey was conducted within three review areas. Shovel testing and surface inspection yielded no significant cultural deposits within the review areas. Based on these results, it is Goshawk’s opinion that no significant cultural resources will be impacted by construction within the surveyed portions of the proposed 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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