Judge Allows Comptroller to Intervene in Lizard Lawsuit

A federal judge has granted Comptroller Susan Combs the day in court she hoped for to address conservation of endangered species in Texas. 

Combs asked earlier this year to intervene in a lawsuit over the dunes sagebrush lizard, a threatened reptile that calls West Texas' oil-rich Permian Basin home. The lawsuit, which the advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife filed against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in June, alleges that a controversial plan Combs' office oversees to conserve the lizard's habitat is not adequate, and that the lizard should be protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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