New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce speaks during a rally at the Roswell International Air Center in Roswell, N.M, Thursday, April 28, 2011 to protest a proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ... more 
New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce speaks during a rally at the Roswell International Air Center in Roswell, N.M, Thursday, April 28, 2011 to protest a proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give endangered species protections to the dunes sagebrush lizard. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed by environmentalists in recent years seeking to protect hundreds of species. Most get little attention as they work their way through the court system and through the offices of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The case of the dunes sagebrush lizard is unfolding much differently across southeastern New Mexico and West Texas, where refineries, drilling rigs and pump jacks are as common as skyscrapers in the big city. From Midland, Texas, to Artesia, N.M., hundreds of people have turned out in recent weeks for town hall gatherings, rallies and public meetings to oppose the listing. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Roswell Daily Record Mark Wilson
Thu, Apr 28, 2011 9:34 PM EDT