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Texas Historical Commission

Abstract

During August 2017, Goshawk Environmental Consulting, Inc. (Goshawk) conducted seven cultural resources surveys within the Eagle Ford Play, Central Eagle Ford Zone at the request of EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG). The projects subjected to cultural resources investigations included the proposed Dio Unit #16H, #17H, #18H, #19H, and #20H Flowlines right-of-way (ROW); Marek Unit #9H and #11H Flowlines ROW; Crossroads Unit #2H and #3H Flowlines ROW; JM Preston Unit #3H and #4H Access Road ROW; HFS Unit #1H Gas Lift ROW; Lynch Unit #17H and #18H Access Road ROW; and Zimmerman-HB-Annie-Martin Gas Lift Line ROW.

Each 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 investigations were conducted by archeologist Phil Schoch with Bear Aspra and Natasia Mitchell. 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 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 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 APEs 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”.

Shovel testing and surface survey did not identify any significant cultural deposits within any of the review areas. Based on these results, it is Goshawk’s opinion that no cultural resources will be impacted by construction within the surveyed portions of the APEs. Goshawk recommends that the projects be allowed to proceed as planned. In the unlikely event that cultural resources (including human remains) are discovered, all construction or maintenance activities should be immediately halted and both the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and an archeologist should be notified.

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