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Negative Findings Report Cultural Resource Survey Woodward Wind Conduit Realignmennt Pecos County, Texas
Texas Historical Commission
During May of 2018, TAS Inc. conducted a cultural resources assessment of a proposed electrical conduit realignment on the Woodward Wind Farm located east of Fort Stockton, TX, in northeast Pecos County. The project is located north of Interstate 10, on the southeast edge of Big Mesa, approximately 10 miles northwest of Bakersfield on University Lands, in the northwest corner of Block 20; Section 3. The project was sponsored by Permian Environmental Services acting as agents of FPL Energy Pecos Wind I, LLC and FPL Energy Pecos Wind II, LLC and was authorized by Texas Antiquities Permit 8423 with Dr. Jeff Turpin acting as Principal Investigator. The project entailed the examination of a single conduit realignment between two existing wind mills within an active windmill farm. The entire project covered 303 ft (92 m) of 100 ft (30 m) wide survey corridor. The realignment runs 30 m northwest of the mapped location of previously recorded archeological site 41PC529. No evidence of the site was found within or near the realignment corridor, leading to the conclusion that the site was either destroyed by subsequent construction and traffic or the original data were in error. As a result, the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) or State Antiquities Landmark (SAL) status of 41PC529 could not be addressed. No evidence of historic or prehistoric occupation or use was found along the survey corridor indicating that cultural resources will not be affected by this project.
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