Panel members talked about what is being done to provide a compromise for both sides of the debate.
The Texas Comptroller's office holds a permit that will allow private land owners and business owners to volunteer to take part in a conservation program that will keep lizard natural habitats intact, but also provide a way for drillers to continue drilling.
"We hope that it tells them that yes private folks can work on preserving species and engaging in economic activity which is real important," said Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
The program will only be applied to those that have lizard habitat on their drilling sites, said Benjamin Tuggle of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Both Tuggle and Combs agree that this program will provide something for both sides. With the implementation of the conservation program, the big question now is if it is still necessary for the Fish and Wildlife service to place the lizards on an endangered list.
University of Texas of the Permian Basin student, Dusty Maney said,"I understand where they're coming from. I think it's very important for us to protect our endangered species, but at the same time here in west Texas, we're the driving force behind the nation's oil and gas."