Five different environmental agencies and cultural heritage groups are suing the FAA over a SpaceX Starship launch.
The agencies are claiming the Federal Aviation Administration violated the National Environmental Policy Act, when it allowed SpaceX to launch a rocket from it’s Texas Facility without an environmental review. The lawsuit against the FAA was filed in a court in Washington DC on Monday by plantiffs which include: The Center for Biological Diversity, the American Bird Conservancy, SurfRider Foundation, Save Rio Grande Valley, and the Carrizo-Comecrudio Nation of Texas.
Plantiffs are arguing the FAA should have done a environmental report before launch, which is also known as a Environmental Impact Statement.
Over the weekend, Elon Musk came onto a twitter space and said “To the best of our knowledge there has not been any meaningful damage to the environment we are aware of”. However, we believe this is most likely untrue – Debris from the launch was found thousands of feet away at a national wildlife refuge.