This is one in a series of occasional stories about ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature.
When Texas promised to protect a threatened lizard in the oil-rich Permian Basin, state officials entrusted the day-to-day oversight to a nonprofit that sounds like an environmental group: the Texas Habitat Conservation Foundation.
What’s not advertised is the occupation of the board members who created it.
They are all registered lobbyists for the powerful Texas Oil and Gas Association, also known as TXOGA.
The industry group's prominent role in the fate of the dunes sagebrush lizard has angered both environmentalists ...