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Ruling on sagebrush lizard expected this week
Associated Pres ^ | June 12, 2012 | n/a

Posted on 06/13/2012 7:27:16 AM PDT by kbobdelux

Edited on 06/13/2012 7:51:25 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) A small striped lizard that lives only in the wind-swept sand dunes of four southeastern New Mexico counties and four others in West Texas is about to learn its fate.

The Obama administration is expected to announce this week whether the dunes sagebrush lizard will be listed as an endangered species. Tom Buckley, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Albuquerque, said a decision could come as early as Thursday, The Las Cruces Sun-News reported (http://bit.ly/LYP1hG ).


(Excerpt) Read more at mywesttexas.com ...


TOPICS: Government; US: New Mexico; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: energy; epa; lizard; oil; permian; sagebrush; stockpilesong

1 posted on 06/13/2012 7:27:24 AM PDT by kbobdelux
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To: kbobdelux

Will the author interview the lizard after the ruling is issued?


2 posted on 06/13/2012 7:32:06 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: thackney; steelyourfaith; Nachum

Ping.


3 posted on 06/13/2012 7:35:13 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps
The greatest threat to the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard is not the oil industry; it is Wile E. Coyote nemesis.


4 posted on 06/13/2012 7:43:04 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Army Air Corps

The ruling has huge economic and political ramifications covering the Permian Basin and Eastern New Mexico oil fields.

I can’t even begin to describe how great the economies are in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Grocery store clerks are earning upwards of $15 an hour with all the hours they want. Waitresses/Waiters are pulling in several hundred a day in tips. Cooks with experience who can start today are getting cash bonuses on the spot. Entry level roustabouts can easily get $29 an hour with guaranteed overtime and paid on the job training.

Long story short – Every person who wants a job has one and not just in the oil field.

Listing the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard sets in motions a chain of costly regulation and significant increases in property usage restrictions that will create an effective shutdown of the entire region.

So the question is will Salazar and Obama disappoint their leftist base, the EPA and the environmentalist agenda on this one? Or does he prove once and for all that he will do whatever it takes to disrupt the energy industry, kill jobs, and drive up energy prices? The Romney ads would write themselves.

The only safe play here is to punt the decision to January, but the opportunity to throw the government yoke onto one of the most historic and prolific energy fields in the US might be too much to resist.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/06/texas-roadrunners-and-oil-industry-eagerly-await-feds-dunes-sagebrush-lizard-decision/


5 posted on 06/13/2012 7:44:37 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Army Air Corps

The debate on whether to list this species as endangered has been rancorous on both sides, with the oil and gas industry opposed to the listing and environmentalists in favor of the listing. The decision was delayed for six months in January so Ashe could further study the data. In the meantime, voluntary conservation agreements that enable private landowners to set aside and preserve lands that the lizard occupies have apparently been working, according to the news report. Those conservation agreements enable private landowners to keep their rights to drill for oil as long as they work to preserve the habitat of the sagebrush lizard, which lives near shinnery oak trees in West Texas and New Mexico.

Approximately 95 percent of the lizard’s shinnery oak habitat in New Mexico has been enrolled in conservation agreements, and 70 percent of the reptile’s habitat in Texas has been enrolled since the plan was announced in February.

http://reptilechannel.com/reptile-news/2012/06/12/sagebrush-lizard-announcement-expected-june-14.aspx


6 posted on 06/13/2012 7:48:19 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

You are so correct about the impacts that will occur if Obama’s radical enviro-nutter supporters prevail in this. Our little town here in the oil patch has just over 3% unemployment and help wanted signs are everywhere. Tax redistribution to the county and cities from sales and gross receipt taxes is totaling millions that goes into building infrastructure and improving quality of life. That, of course, is what Obama wants to destroy with his socialist policies.


7 posted on 06/13/2012 7:54:50 AM PDT by CedarDave (Voted for Newt last Tuesday in New Mexico -- too bad he's thrown in with Mittens)
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To: LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; OneWingedShark; ...

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8 posted on 06/13/2012 7:57:19 AM PDT by CedarDave (Voted for Newt last Tuesday in New Mexico -- too bad he's thrown in with Mittens)
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To: kbobdelux
Soon there will be a study that says 20% of roaches are gay.
Then every roach habitat will fall under control of the EPA.

Wait for it...

9 posted on 06/13/2012 8:00:21 AM PDT by MaxMax
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To: kbobdelux

My guess is the lizard doesn’t care.


10 posted on 06/13/2012 8:20:05 AM PDT by pallis
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To: kbobdelux

This is a blatant and outrageous fabrication with the motive of simply shutting down the Permian Basin oilfields.

That the lizard survives to this day should be obvious evidence that it is adaptable. The Permian Basin has been in operation for nearly a century and still the lizard survives. The past was FAR less sensitive to the environment than it is now. Drilling locations back in the day were almost indiscriminate and many. Roads and pipelines were everywhere. Today they are mostly carefully planned and horizontal drilling has made them fewer in number and more concentrated with many wells being drilled from the same pad. This equates to fewer roads, pipelines, power lines and travel out in the desert.

The oblabla administration is clearly destroying the United States in a calculated methodical process with obvious malice of forethought. We will not survive more of this administration. oblabla is the crisis of the Fourth Turning?


11 posted on 06/13/2012 8:23:50 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (You've been screwed by your government.)
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To: kbobdelux

I wish I had the time right now to tell what I know about the history of this lizard. Unless you know the typical government employee and environmental extremist as I do, you would not believe what I remember of the Mescalero Sands and the “research” on this animal. It rivals and surpasses the Spotted Owl nesting in the McDonalds sign.


12 posted on 06/13/2012 8:36:27 AM PDT by Nucluside (ready)
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To: thackney
Great photo of NM state bird.
It was never about the lizard, it was always about the oil and the evil capitalist corporations polluting mother earth. Crippling the American economy was just karma in their view.
13 posted on 06/13/2012 9:22:39 AM PDT by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: kbobdelux

Lizards are a good source of protein.


14 posted on 06/13/2012 9:34:43 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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The fed’s decline to list it as “endangered” !!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2894905/posts


15 posted on 06/13/2012 1:25:49 PM PDT by CedarDave (Voted for Newt last Tuesday in New Mexico -- too bad he's thrown in with Mittens)
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