Saturday, 25 February 2012 10:22
AUSTIN — A voluntary species conservation plan that will help protect the economic vitality of Texas oil and gas and other industries was approved recently by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
The Texas Conservation Plan (TCP) for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard was spearheaded by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs with the help of stakeholders representing landowners, the oil and gas industry, agriculture and state and federal agencies.
The TCP is a voluntary plan which serves as a safety net for landowners and businesses in West Texas who choose to enroll. The plan is expected to allow participants to continue operating uninterrupted if the lizard is later listed as an endangered species.