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Texas Historical Commission

Abstract

Enercon Services, Inc. (ENERCON), in support of Salt Creek Midstream, LLC, conducted an intensive cultural resources survey for the proposed Halcon Pipeline. The proposed pipeline is approximately 43.3 miles (69.7 km) in length and located near Pecos, Texas in Ward and Reeves counties. This report encompasses only the portion of the proposed Halcon Pipeline located on two tracts of Permanent School Fund land in Reeves County, Texas. The Permanent School Fund is administered by the Texas General Land Office (TGLO), a political subdivision of the State of Texas. The portion of the Halcon Pipeline on TGLO lands is approximately 1.8 miles (2.8 km) in length and depicted on the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Quito Draw, Tex. (1963, Photorevised 1981), Old X Ranch, Tex. (1963, Photorevised 1981), Toyah Lake, Tex. (1963) 7.5 Minute Quadrangle maps. The construction corridor consists of a 50 feet (15 m) wide permanent pipeline right-of-way (ROW) and an additional 50 feet (15 m) wide temporary workspace corridor. The cultural resources survey area of potential effect (APE) consists of the 1.8 mile (2.8 km) by 100 feet (30 m) corridor, totaling 21.3 acres (8.6 hectares).

The cultural resources investigation is intended to assist in adhering to the 1969 Antiquities Code of Texas and the cultural resources survey on TGLO lands was completed under Texas Antiquities Permit No. 8275. The entire project was supervised by Michael M. Margolis, an ENERCON archeologist who meets the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for archeology as set forth in 36 CFR 61.

Prior to the survey, a search of the Texas Archeological Sites Atlas (the Atlas) was conducted by Michael M. Margolis to locate previously recorded archeological sites, archeological surveys, National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) properties, and State Antiquities Landmarks (SALs). Based on the Atlas, one site, 41RV60, has been previously recorded within 1-mile of the APE on TGLO lands. Site 41RV60 is an Early Archaic lithic scatter recorded by URS Corporation in March 2014 and was determined ineligible for listing on the NRHP by the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) on April 8, 2014. Site 41RV60 is located approximately 4,500 feet (1,372 m) from the APE and will not be impacted by construction of the proposed Halcon Pipeline. Two archeological surveys or studies are mapped within 1-mile of the APE on TGLO lands.

The cultural resources survey of the Halcon Pipeline APE on TGLO lands was conducted December 1-2, 2017 by Julie Wasinger and Gary D. Edington, ENERCON archeologists who meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for archeology as set forth in 36 CFR 61. Salt Creek Midstream, LLC procedures dictate that all standing structures be avoided during construction. Fieldwork was conducted in accordance with the Texas Historical Commission (THC) Archeological Survey Standards for Texas.

The cultural resources survey of the Halcon Pipeline APE did not result in finding any historic or prehistoric artifacts, features, cultural lenses, or sites and no artifacts were collected on TGLO lands. Therefore, it is recommended that construction of the proposed Halcon Pipeline on TGLO lands will have no effect on any historic property that may qualify for inclusion on the NRHP or SAL listings. No further cultural resources investigations are recommended prior to construction of the proposed Halcon Pipeline on TGLO lands. If cultural material, including sites, features, or artifacts that are 50 years old or older are encountered within the APE during construction of the Halcon Pipeline on TGLO lands, work in the area must cease and the regional THC Archeologist (512-463-6096) must be notified immediately.

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