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Citing dunes sagebrush lizard research done by Texas Tech University scientists, a recent letter from Sen. John Cornyn (R-San Antonio) may have helped to sway the US Fish and Wildlife Service to delay a decision on listing the 3-inch-long reptile as an endangered species. The service, which had planned to make a decision by December 15, 2011, announced it would postpone for another six months. A preliminary risk assessment for the lizard done by scientists at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) tested the Fish and Wildlife Service's list of possible human-created threats to the lizard. Ranchers and the petroleum industry are worried that listing the species could cause major problems with both industries.