Protect Rare Lizard Habitat from Fracking

Target: Butch Tongate, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department

Goal: Don’t allow mining and fracking to destroy the sandy habitat of the rare and unique sagebrush lizard.

The onset of fracking in America has threatened the unique and rare sagebrush lizard with extinction. The lizard lives only in the dry sand dunes of New Mexico and Texas. Several years ago, both states promised to protect the lizard in order to keep it off the endangered species list. Now, that no longer appears to be the case.

The sand dunes in these states are prime real estate for miners, who use their sand to help stimulate the fracking industry. The fracking industry already presents long-term, negative threats to the environment, including water pollution and deforestation.

The rare sagebrush lizard must be protected. It can only thrive in the environment New Mexico and Texas provide. Without it, the lizard will go extinct and join the list of other species fracking has threatened. Sign the petition and demand that the lizards’ habitat be off limits to mining.


Dear Mr. Tongate,

Plans to mine for frac sand in New Mexico have threatened the rare sagebrush lizard with extinction. The tiny, rare lizards’ homes are being destroyed and have become one more environmental casualty of the fracking industry.

New Mexico and Texas made promises to protect these lizards. Those promises should not be broken. I demand that you not allow mining for fracking to destroy the sagebrush lizard’s home.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Franco Folini

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