FWS Settles Lawsuit Over Delay in Listing Decision for Imperiled Lizards

In response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to decide whether to protect the imperiled dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act by June 29, 2023. CBD claims that widespread oil and gas development has destroyed significant portions of the lizard’s habitat in part of the Permian Basin region of Texas and New Mexico.