IPAA Responds to Petition on the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

The dunes sagebrush lizard, or Sceloporus arenicolus, is the subject of a much-vaunted Texas private-public conservation plan. (MIKE HILL / U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE)

IPAA Responds to Petition on the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representing the independent producers that develop 90 percent of America’s oil and natural gas wells, Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) Director of Government Relations Samantha McDonald issued the following statement today on the petitions to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act:

“IPAA is disappointed by environmental groups’ petition to list the dunes sagebrush lizard. Voluntary conservation efforts, led by the oil and natural gas industry, have evolved in the last decade in a way that emphasizes measurable protections of imperiled species and ecosystems that allows for responsible development to coexist. Unfortunately, the tactics of environmental groups remain the same, attempting to use the Endangered Species Act to advance an anti-hydrocarbon agenda and halt meaningful business development at the expense of American taxpayers. Recognizing the economic importance of the Permian Basin, the largest oil basin in the United States, IPAA member companies remain committed partners in species and habitat conservation across New Mexico and Texas.”

About the Independent Petroleum Association of America
The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) is a national upstream trade association representing thousands of independent oil and natural gas producers and service companies across the United States. Independent producers develop 90 percent of the nation’s oil and natural gas wells. These companies account for 54 percent of America’s oil production, 85 percent of its natural gas production, and support over 2.1 million American jobs. Learn more about IPAA by visiting www.ipaa.org and following @IPAAaccess on Twitter.

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