Pat Shea, former head of the BLM under Clinton and Utah’s famous defense attorney, Ron Yengich, give legal aid-

There is also a legal defense fund

Story in the Salt Lake Tribune. Auction fallout. U. student doesn’t want to be a martyr; federal probe continues. By Patty Henetz

I got this address for the fund from a comment in the Salt Lake Tribune. It hasn’t been verified.

Center for Water Advocacy, PO Box 331, Moab, UT 84532.

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More. Grijalva, other members of Congress ask Obama to undue BLM’s last minute oil and gas lease sale in Utah. by Abrahm Lustgarten. ProPublica

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

4 Responses to Bogus bidder on BLM oil and gas auction picks up support

  1. Salle says:

    From reading this article, it appears that more of this type of civil disobedience is needed and called for by folks like Al Gore.

    I would have to agree. Henry David Thoreau would be proud of this young man.

  2. Salle says:

    It would appear that more acts of civil disobedience of this type are called for. Even Al Gore said he thought so…

    Henry David Thoreau would be proud of this young man.

  3. Elizabeth Parker says:

    According to this article on, there is a fund to raise money to actually pay for the leases DeChristopher bid on. I am not quite certain how accurate the article is, but I am going to donate to the legal defense fund for DeChristopher.

    Here is a link to the article.

    This guy deserves support.

  4. Elizabeth Parker says:

    Here is a link to the Dechristopher fund. I’m not clear on if these funds go to a legal defense fund for him or if the funds are going to pay for the leases. I am not sure the government would allow the purchase of the leases by non-energy bidders but others on this blog would certainly know the answer. Either way, the money is going to a good place.

    Here is the link to the legal defense fund/bid fund. Please excuse me if this has already been posted.


December 2008


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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