By Capitol Report New Mexico
SANTA FE — The lizard won’t get listed after all.
After nearly two years of back and forth among environmentalists, oil and gas industry supporters and politicians on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided Wednesday that the dunes sagebrush lizard will not be placed on the federal government’s endangered species list.
In a news release, the Fish and Wildlife Service said: ”After a careful analysis of the scientific data and the protections provided by the voluntary conservation efforts, Service biologists determined the lizard is no longer in danger of extinction, nor likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future.”