Texas Historical Commission
Enercon Services, Inc. (ENERCON), in support of Salt Creek Midstream, LLC, conducted a cultural resources investigation for the proposed Bunker Hill (North Trunk) Pipeline. The entire proposed pipeline is approximately 29.68 miles (47.77 km) in length and located in Ward and Winkler counties, Texas and Lea County, New Mexico near the towns of Wink, Texas and Kermit, Texas. This report encompasses only the portion of the proposed Bunker Hill (North Trunk) Pipeline in Winkler County, Texas on University of Texas lands. The University of Texas is a political subdivision of the State of Texas. The portion of the Bunker Hill (North Trunk) Pipeline on University of Texas lands is approximately 9.38 miles (15.10 km) in length. The University of Texas Lands portion of the APE is depicted on the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Wink South, Tex. (1968, Photorevised 1981) and Wink North, Tex. (1970), 7.5 Minute Quadrangle maps. The construction corridor consists of a 50 feet (15 m) wide permanent pipeline right-ofway (ROW) and an additional 50 feet (15 m) wide temporary workspace corridor. The cultural resources survey corridor of the area-of-potential-effect (APE) on University of Texas Lands consists of the 9.38 mi (15.10 km) by 100 feet (30 m) corridor, totaling 113.74 acres (46.03 hectares).
The cultural resources intensive field survey and report are intended to assist in adhering to the 1969 Texas Antiquities Code (TAC) and the intensive field survey of the University of Texas Lands was completed under TAC Permit No. 8408.
The cultural resources survey on University of Texas Lands was conducted April 9-11, 2018 by ENERCON archaeologists Cody Kiker and Steven Sykes. Fieldwork consisted of intensive pedestrian survey utilizing transects not spaced greater than 15 meters apart. The entire project was supervised by Michael Margolis, an ENERCON archaeologist who meets the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards for archeology as set forth in 36 CFR 61. Fieldwork was conducted in accordance with the Texas Historical Commission (THC) Archeological Survey Standards for Texas.
The cultural resources survey of the proposed Bunker Hill (North Trunk) Pipeline on University of Texas Lands resulted in the recording of two sites, 41WK131 and 41WK133. Site 41WK131 consists of a dilapidated corral or livestock pen with loading chutes. No evidence of intact deposits, features, cultural lenses, or additional cultural materials were observed at the site. Due to the lack of information potential, 41WK131 is not recommended as eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), and no further work is recommended at the location of 41WK131. Salt Creek Midstream, LLC procedures dictate that all standing structures be avoided, thus 41WK131 was avoided during construction. Site 41WK133 consists of a small scatter of early to mid-20th century domestic trash including metal, ceramics, and glass. No evidence of intact deposits, features, cultural lenses, or additional cultural materials were observed at the site. Due to the lack of information potential, 41WK133 is not recommended as eligible for listing on the NRHP, and no further work is recommended at the location of 41WK133.
The cultural resources survey did not result in the observation of any additional historic or prehistoric artifacts, features, cultural lenses, or sites on University of Texas Lands. Therefore, it is recommended that the project will have no effect on any historic property that may qualify for inclusion in the NRHP on University of Texas Lands. No further cultural resources investigations are recommended prior to construction of the proposed Bunker Hill (North Trunk) Pipeline on University of Texas Lands. If cultural material, including sites, features, or artifacts that are 50 years old or older are encountered within the ROW during construction of this project, work in the area must cease and the regional THC Archeologist must be notified immediately.
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