As a friend of mine said after reading this article, "Step on the thing and start drilling!" I’ve been to this part of the country and, with due respect to Midland/Odessa, there’s only one reason for the Permian Basin to exist: to serve up oil and gas for the rest of the country. This little lizard is doing to have to adapt or perish.
Lawmakers Say A tiny 3-inch long creature – the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard – is causing some havoc in the Permian Basin, which stretches from Southeast New Mexico to West Texas. The possibility of it getting added onto the Endangered Species List is giving oil drillers and politicians some big headaches.