MIDLAND --- "I have no problem with the theory of conservation plans when sound science supports a need. In this case, reputable science clearly indicates a conservation plan is uncalled for. The research finds resoundingly that the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard is not threatened or endangered.
"The federal government came to the Permian Basin today to dangle a carrot --- we will not list the lizard as endangered if you will cede private and state lands to federal control.
"I'd like to remind the U.S. Interior Department of our Texas history. After annexation, the Compromise of 1850 allowed Texas to keep as her own the land inside the state boundary. We knew then what we still know today --- it's non-negotiable that Texas --- not the federal government --- retains jurisdiction over her oil-rich lands.
""The production from the Permian Basin fuels America. I see no need to surrender part of Texas to an administration in Washington DC that has shown only contempt for the oil it contains."