The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that U.S. Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) Is now only opposed to the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard being listed as an endangered species in New Mexico.
Pierce had originally opposed the potential U.S. Fish and Wildlife listing of the lizard as an endangered species in both New Mexico and Texas.
In a statement, Pierce -- who's from Hobbs, NM -- pointed out that New Mexico has voluntarily taken steps to protect 93 percent of the lizard's habitat in the Land of Enchantment, while Texas lawmakers have failed to do the same in the Lone Star State.
Pierce also says New Mexico shouldn't have to pay for the Lone Star State's failings on the issue.
The Dunes Sagebrush Lizard's habitat is in Southeast New Mexico and West Texas -- both of which are major oil producing areas.
If the lizard is placed on the Endangered Species List, it could prove catastrophic to the oil and gas industry in West Texas and Southeast New Mexico.