Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Isn't He Cute?

Here is the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard and this little guy may become the next delta smelt.

According to My West
A three-inch lizard that thrives in desert conditions could shut down oil and gas operations in portions of Southeast New Mexico and in West Texas, including the state's top two oil producing counties.
Called the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, it is being considered for inclusion on the federal Endangered Species listing by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A public rally to oppose this move is being sponsored by the Permian Basin Petroleum Association on Tuesday, April 26 at Midland Center beginning at 5 p.m. Congressman Mike Conaway will speak, as will Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; other public officials have been invited.
"We are very concerned about the Fish and Wildlife Service listing," said Ben Shepperd, president of the PBPA, noting the service also has proposed listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken next year. "The wolf at the door is the lizard; we're concerned listing it would shut down drilling activity for a minimum of two years and as many as five years while the service determines what habitat is needed for the lizard. That means no drilling, no seismic surveys, no roads built, no electric lines."
The move would impact activity in Andrews, Crane, Gaines, Ward and Winkler counties in Texas and Chaves, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties in New Mexico.
Not only would the move impact oil and gas operations but agriculture, Shepperd noted, shutting down agricultural activities like grazing and farming -- "anything that disturbs the habitat."
Read more: Could a three-inch lizard collapse the West Texas oil industry? - Oil
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It just goes to show you what really counts in this country...and it sure isn't hard working Americans.


  1. I am so sick of the welfare of animals being put above that of hard working Americans. The kibosh needs to be put on the enviro-weenies' enterprise of ruining the prosperity of Americans.

  2. Teresa:
    Don't get me wrong, I like little lizards. I have them in my backyard here in Florida. I personally think these environmental organizations look for any excuse to shut down industry, even if they have to make it up. Shutting down drilling activity for 2 to 5 years to make a determination what habitat is needed for the lizard reminds me of shutting down the drilling after the oil spill in the Gulf. The companies couldn't wait around so they had to move their rigs elsewhere. It's destroying the industry in America, it's been their plan all along.

  3. Obama is making good progress on his campaign promise to make gasoline prices "necessarily skyrocket".

  4. I'm a city chick and afraid of creepy

  5. Opie:
    He sure is. I hope they have a great turnout at the rally on April 26 and that they can make their case to stop it.

  6. Angel:
    I grew up in the city, too, so creepy crawlies aren't my thing either...especially the so-called "palmetto bugs" (roaches). The little geckos out back are kind of long as they don't get into the house.

  7. They have to dig huge holes to put in windmills. I wonder how many lizard's nests were destroyed for windmills.

  8. Supi:
    That's a good question. Or how about, how many birds have been caught up in those windmills?
    Thanks for stopping by!

  9. TCL...
    The only species they are trying to drive (no pun intended) into extinction is the American... I love Teresa's "enviro-weenies", they won't be happy until we are all living in caves, not bathing or producing anything more than the carbon dioxide that is expelled from our lungs...

  10. P:
    Hey, I don't think they will allow the carbon dioxide either.

  11. They enviro-nazis have been using animals to justify their actions for decades. Remember the spotted owl?

    Lol, capcha code for this comment is "feral."

  12. Matt:
    I know what you mean. Those little spotted owls are right here in my neighborhood. They dig a hole on empty lots to make their nest. You can't build a house if they are on your property until they leave. The city comes and puts stakes in the ground with yellow tape around them to protect the nest. The owls are really cute, but if they're on your lot, you have a problem.

  13. Don't you worry, the Congress will step in a be really tough . . . Yeah right.

  14. Odie:
    The Congress is full of lizards and snakes, so I'm not counting on that happening.

  15. We should proceed with caution because harming defenseless lizards might have an unseemly impact on the number of category five hurricanes, free-floating icebergs, and homeless polar bears. On the other hand, wasn’t Godzilla a lizard?

  16. Mustang:
    Oh no, I forgot about Godzilla. Now I'm really confused?!?!
    Thanks for stopping by.


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