Fish and Wildlife Service to Make Decision This Week Regarding Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

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NewsWest 9

It's finally here. The fate of the controversial Dunes Sagebrush lizard will be decided this week.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to hand down a decision on Thursday.

Back in December of 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the critter as an endangered species.

Environmentalists say the lizard is close to extinction because it's losing its habitat to the oil and gas industry.

However, opponents say the lizard will shut down the industry altogether if it's added to the list.

The department held a public comment period for people to voice their concerns.

The Midland City Council is even expected to go into executive session at their Tuesday meeting to talk about possible litigation depending on the outcome of this decision.

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