Save the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

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Originally Posted: January 9, 2012

Save the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

FROM Center for Biological Diversity

ACTION

Contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support protecting the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species, before it's too late. Big Oil is falsely claiming that saving the lizard will endanger the oil industry. In fact, protecting the lizard's habitat would leave almost 39 million acres available for oil and gas development.

Sign an online petition:
http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=9132

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM
Arlington, VA 22203
phone (800-344-WILD (9453)
Online contact form:
http://www.fws.gov/duspit/contactus.htm

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

The dunes sagebrush lizard survives in one of the smallest habitats of any lizard -- a tiny area of oak-covered sand dunes in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. This habitat covers less than 2 percent of all land in the Permian basin, but is threatened by oil and gas development and herbicides sprayed by ranchers.

The lizard has already declined by nearly 90 percent in Texas and by at least 20 percent in New Mexico.

In December 2010 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed protecting the lizard under the Endangered Species Act, triggering a one-year deadline to finalize protection.

But the Service has delayed lifesaving protections for an additional six months.

Big Oil is falsely claiming that saving the lizard will endanger the oil industry. In fact, protecting the lizard's habitat would leave almost 39 million acres available for oil and gas development. Reports from the Center for Biological Diversity and findings from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have shown that assertions that saving the lizard would hurt the oil and gas industry are simply not true.


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