Tim DeChristopher essentially out-bid the oil industry’s high rollers in an auction for federal land. He ran up the prices on other lots, and managed to secure 13 leases for himself in various Utah areas, some of them in the Canyonland parks. DeChristopher was bidding with money that he did not have, and was ultimately unable to pay for the leases. While DeChristopher’s actions did not necessarily result in direct protection of federal lands from oil and gas drilling, his actions cost the oil industry hundreds of thousdands of dollars, resulting in the government bringing federal charges against him in a high-profile case that garnered a lot of attention for DeChristopher’s environmental cause.
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