A Bid Too Far: Utah Oil Lease Activist Tim DeChristopher Faces Jail Time

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Tim DeChristopher thought the Obama administration’s environmentally-friendly approach to public lands would cover his back. He thought wrong.

The 27-year old Utah student, who gained notoriety when he disrupted a federal auction for oil and gas leases in December by bidding for land with money he didn’t have, got charged with two federal felony counts yesterday. If convicted, he could face as much as 10 years in prison.

New Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made it clear he will brook no nonsense in the very serious business of federal energy leases, even if the administration shares concern about oil and gas development on some federal land. From the Salt Lake Tribune:

http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2009/04/02/a-bid-too-far-utah-oil-lease-activist-tim-dechristopher-faces-jail-time/

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