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Maybe you've never heard about the sand dune lizard aka the dunes sagebrush lizard that is found in only New Mexico and the edge of Texas, but I've been following the debate over whether or not to protect these creatures for quite a while now.

Now, it seems the federal government has decided not to draw the sand dune lizards under their protection.

The dunes sagebrush lizardwon't be joining the ranks of species protected by the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services revealed today.

After what seems like eons of legal wrangling and debate, the federal government won't be putting the lizard on their list . The dune sagebrush lizard is found only in West Texas and New Mexico, right smack dab in the middle of oil country.

If the lizard had made the list there would have been a slew of requirements drilling outfits would have had to contend with whenever they went to work in the creature's habitat. According to the Houston Chronicle, the government backed off in part because of agreements that companies would undertake voluntary conservation measures. Now it'll be interesting to see how things go for the dune lizard from here.

The lizards are listed as endangered in New Mexico and had been on the list of species being considered to be counted as endangered by the feds since 2001.

Perhaps a happy thriving crew of lizards will overrun the area, protected and nurtured by voluntary measures? It could happen.