Skip to comments.Endangered Listing Proposed for Lizard (Enviros find new way to stop O&G activity in NM)
Posted on 12/14/2010 5:57:15 PM PST by CedarDave
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the dunes sagebrush lizard, or sand dune lizard, as an endangered species, a move that could restrict oil drilling, grazing and off-road vehicle use in the lizard's habitat in southeastern New Mexico.
The Center for Biological Diversity said an endangered species designation would require limits on herbicide spraying used by some ranchers and restrictions on oil and gas drilling, plus additional funding for research and the development of a recovery plan. ...
A 60-day public comment period begins with the publication today of the proposal in the Federal Register. Fish and Wildlife is accepting comments from the public, industry and other government agencies that are received or postmarked on or before Feb. 14, 2011. A final determination will be made by the secretary of the interior.
The dunes sagebrush lizard, a light brown reptile with a maximum length less than 3 inches, lives exclusively in dunes covered by shinnery oak in southeastern New Mexico and four West Texas counties.
Listing would make it illegal to harm or kill the lizard. ... The biggest threat is from oil and gas development, according to conservationists.
More than half of the lizard's habitat in New Mexico is on federal land held by the Bureau of Land Management ...
To better protect the lizard's habitat ... the BLM revised its resource management plan in 2008 to carve out a 578-square-mile area in which it prohibited new oil and gas leases. About 40 percent of the area, however, is already leased and includes thousands of oil wells.
(Excerpt) Read more at abqjournal.com ...
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Texas added to the topic list as the listing would include four west Texas counties.
See post #3.
Our stomping grounds
We had a well stopped this year for chickens mating.
But I guess thousands of people pouring across the border wandering thru the desert doesn’t impact them...
The listed area is too far north of the border to have illegals wander across. However, many of the roughneck and roustabout jobs around here are performed by Mexican Nationals whose immigration status could be in question. Friends of mine who teach safety provide classes in Spanish on basic oilfield safety practices, most importantly H2S protection.
Usually when this endangered species stuff comes up I recommend killing them all so that it’s no longer an issue. In this case it would probably be impossible to kill all those lizards unless you nuked their entire range.
Every despicable member or associate of the Center for Biodiversity should be lined up and shot.
Make the line neat and orderly and make the execution weapon- large caliber so as to not waste ammo on these two legged cock roaches.
I’m remembering the California farm lands a couple years back that had their water shut off because of an “endangered” minnow. Thousands of local people lost jobs, local businesses went under and the nation was deprived of a source of food production. Protestors carried signs warning, “Fish Don’t Vote”. I do hope the voters threw the politicians out .... just as I hope politicians are made to pay for this travesty. Envionmentalwackoism needs to be defeated.
Leftists stick together for the correct causes, like getting Little Billy campaign contributions and his buddies business contracts.