January 28, 2021

Boca Chica Village is a small unincorporated community in the sunny Cameron County, Texas. It was formed in the late 1960s and is still extant as of 2020, although the village proper has changed greatly since 2018 as industrial business enterprises came to occupy much of the land of the village. It lies 20 miles east of the City of Brownsville on the Boca Chica peninsula and forms part of the Brownsville–Harlingen–Raymondville and the Matamoros–Brownsville metropolitan areas. It is situated on Texas State Highway 4, northwest of the mouth of the Rio Grande.
In 2014, the village was chosen as the location for the construction of a control facility for the SpaceX South Texas launch site, while the launch site itself was slated to be built just two miles further east, adjacent to Boca Chica State Park on the Gulf coast.
Official statements provided in January suggested that the first prototypes would be built in-situ after word broke that SpaceX had prematurely terminated a lease with the Port of Los Angeles, where the company had been planning to construct a dedicated seaside BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) factory.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that the company has plans to both build and launch BFR’s Starship upper stages and Super Heavy boosters at facilities located in Boca Chica, Texas and Cape Canaveral, Florida.
According to Bloomberg and several media, SpaceX is currently locked in a legal fight with a Texas oil company, Lone Star Mineral Development for a plot of land it wants to use to drill for natural gas. The company acquired the La Pita oil lease from the defunct Sanchez Energy. Portions of the lease sits near SpaceX’s Starship facilities in Boca Chica.
It is at this time unclear what exactly the gas would be used for but SpaceX plans to utilize super-chilled liquid methane and liquid oxygen as fuel for its rocket engines. The area around the SpaceX facility in Boca Chica has seen limited oil and gas development. There are only a dozen wells classified as either abandoned or dry holes, but after adequate workover, production could be sufficient to cover the needs of SpaceX.
Word of Eon Musk’s drilling plans followed the news that the SpaceX recently purchased two ex-Ensco semi-submersible drilling rigs in the Port of Brownsville for the purpose of using them as offshore launchpads for the Starship.
(Source: KURV/Word Oil/Wikipedia/Valleycentral.com/Bloomberg – Image: Teslarati)