Employees in the oil and gas industry and concerned citizens met on Monday to organize a rally group against the adoption of the sand dune lizard onto the endangered species list. Those in attendance expressed alarm over the impact the issue could have on the region’s economy. Pictured standing from left are, Will Crockett, of Crockett Trucking, Congressman Steve Pearce, County Commissioner Guy Lutman and New Mexico Oil and Gas Association President Steve Henke. (Ashley Trujillo – Daily Press)

Employees in the oil and gas industry and concerned citizens met on Monday to organize a rally group against the adoption of the sand dune lizard onto the endangered species list. Those in attendance expressed alarm over the impact the issue could have on the region’s economy. Pictured standing from left are, Will Crockett, of Crockett Trucking, Congressman Steve Pearce, County Commissioner Guy Lutman and New Mexico Oil and Gas Association President Steve Henke. (Ashley Trujillo – Daily Press)

Citizens vocal in opposition of  Fish and Wildlife Service plans to put sand dune lizard on endangered list

By ASHLEY TRUJILLO
Daily Press Staff Writer

A small lizard has the potential to create big problems for the economy in southeastern New Mexico.

The Fish and Wildlife Service plans to place the sand dune lizard on the endangered species list in order to protect the reptile and its habitat. Rules under the Endangered Species Act could seriously impact one of the region’s economic staples – drilling.

About 100 concerned citizens, buoyed by the support of attendee Congressman Steve Pearce,  crammed  into the PVT building Monday to show opposition for placing the lizard on the list. The wheels are already in motion for an opposition rally at an upcoming Fish and Wildlife Service public hearing on the matter.

Attendees expressed strong  sentiments Monday about the potential impact if the Fish and Wildlife Service adds the lizard to the list. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.