Searching for a possible endangered species in the Eagle Ford Shale

October 5, 2014 6:44 PM

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San Antonio — Few people have heard of the spot-tailed earless lizard, once common in South Texas.

But the rare lizard’s likely habitat includes large swaths of the Eagle Ford Shale, the prolific oil and gas field south of San Antonio. A 2010 petition by an environmental group to list the spot-tailed earless lizard as a federally protected species is hanging in limbo.

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