Good News for New Mexico: Fish and Wildlife Declines to List Sand Dune Lizard

Today the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it is withdrawing its proposal to add the Sand Dune Lizard to the list of species protected under the Endangered Species Act. The lizard, which is native to Southeastern New Mexico, has generated a great deal of controversy and concern that listing would negatively impact both New Mexico’s oil and gas industry and the state economy. The Rio Grande Foundation is pleased with this decision. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar praised the efforts of the oil and gas industry in working to preserve the lizard’s habitat through Candidate Conservation Agreements, saying they were “nothing short of historic.”

The good news is that New Mexico gets a reprieve on the lizard. The bad news is that the Endangered Species Act remains open to abuse by environmental groups.

More information from our friends at Energy Makes America Great can be found here.

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2 Replies to “Good News for New Mexico: Fish and Wildlife Declines to List Sand Dune Lizard”

  1. Finally, a proper decision from the government. Of course, the communistic thieves from the various environ-manaic organizations will be wailing and threatening lawsuits and violence because their anti-american agenda was thwarted this time.

  2. Thank goodness for the Fish and Wildlife Service…and thank goodness that they care and devote as much of their time and resources to preventing the out of control spread of wild fires, which kills the wildlife, as they do to contemplating new road blocks in the name of “Sand Dune Lizards”. Oh, it’s natural…let it burn!

    Good job FWS! Great job of keeping everything in check! You really do make the world go around…and I’d bet you boys and girls play a mean fiddle too…golf claps all around!

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