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The EPA’s Continued Onslaught

These people have virtually lost their minds. I know you’ve heard stories of ridiculous decisions the EPA has made but recently they’ve gone way beyond what anyone would have ever envisioned. For those of us paying attention, we saw the writing on the wall years ago.
These followers of Gaia are dangerous, very dangerous and powerful. They can cripple industry, put people out of jobs and crush the economy all without any real oversight, placing mother earth over mankind.

Their latest crusade of destruction is the sand dune lizard…

Remember the movie “Giant” with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. The story of the great Texas oilmen. It was filmed in the part of West Texas known as the Permian Basin, the largest inland petrochemical complex in the United States.

Midland – A little lizard is in the middle of a big controversy. Tonight, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held public hearing to see what West Texans had to say about their proposal to add the sand dune lizard to the Endangered Species list.

Section 4 of the Endangered Species Act requires species to be listed as endangered or threatened solely on the basis of their biological status and threats to their existence.

 The species that’s currently at the top of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ list is the sand dune lizard. One of the main reasons is the impact oil and gas drilling is having on their natural habitat.

 While the Permian Basin is worried about the thousands of jobs that could be lost should this lizard be added to the list, representatives with Fish and Wildlife say they’re job is to stay focused on their main objective.

“I think for us, our mission is to conserve species,” says Michelle Shaughnessy, New Mexico Ecological field office.

The sand dune lizard was put on the endangered species candidate list in 2001, but it wasn’t a priority. Shaughnessy says, “It finally got moved up the list. The threats became worse and in 2008, we received the funding to move forward with the proposed listing. This is where we are now.”

And the fact that they’ve known about this since 2008, was a heated topic at the hearing.  Ward Co. Judge Greg Holly told the panel, “The reality is we just became involved in this process when we became aware of it, and it’s hard for me to understand why if we want the best available science, why don’t we take the time to gather that science.”

 And that led to another topic – a lack of research. “The Fish and Wildlife Service has a reputation of going into these things without having good data,” says Midland man Morris Burns.

And while the oil industry is one of the main concerns, it’s not the only one.  Midland City Councilman Jeffs Sparks took the podium and said, “The City of Midland has secured water rights in Winkler County, and we’ve been working for several years to come up with partnerships with other communities to bring that water to Midland. If you do not allow us to bring our water into town, we’re not only going to not have jobs, we won’t have water. And the endangered species are going to be the people of West Texas.”

PermianBasin360.com

To protect the smelt (a small minnow-like fish) in California the EPA recently ordered the irrigation canals shut down resulting in 27,000 farmers being put out of business, higher food prices and a severe reduction to local food production. Much of what was grown in California is now being imported from China and other countries.

California’s Man-Made Drought