Texas comptroller revises plan to protect lizard species
August 15, 2018
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas comptroller's office is seeking federal approval to reform a troubled state program designed to protect a rare lizard species in the petroleum-rich Permian Basin.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has requested the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approve the state agency's new version of the Texas Conservation Plan, the Austin American-Statesman reported. The move comes amid threats by the federal agency to designate the dunes sagebrush lizard as endangered, which would enact strict land-use regulations.
Some environmentalists have critiqued the old Texas Conserv...