From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

June 13, 2012
Contact: Gina Dowdy, (806) 374-8994

Senator Seliger Comments on the Decision Not to List the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard on the Endangered Species List

"I am pleased that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has decided not to list the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard (DSL) on the endangered species list. I have no doubt that the decision made by the Service was due to the sound science that proved a listing of the DSL was not imperative or prudent. I want to commend the oil and gas industry and West Texas landowners for taking this issue seriously and coming to the table with ideas and solutions.

I also believe that the decision was due in no small part to the comprehensive and intense discussion of these issues in the Senate Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing in Odessa. I would like to thank Dr. Benjamin Tuggle of the Service's Southwestern Regional Office and Dr. Lee Fitzgerald of Texas A&M University for their participation in the hearing and their testimony that truly explored all sides of this issue. It is because of that perseverance and partnership between government, academia, industry and private citizens that the DSL will continue to coexist with oil and gas activity.

I am proud to represent the Permian Basin and thank all involved on a job well done."