DeChristopher may get 10 years for unconventional method of protecting Utah’s beautiful canyonlands from oi companies-

We have had many stories on this, but not for quite a while. Tim DeChristopher could be punished far more than the Wall Street investment bankers who stole billions. He bid against oil speculators at a Department of Interior (BLM) oil and gas lease auction in 2008. He had no money, however.

Trial of eco-activist who punk’d BLM begins. Greenspace in the New York Times.

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Note. He was quickly convicted. Webmaster.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

3 Responses to Tim DeChristopher Goes on Trial for Disrupting Oil Lease Auction

  1. avatar Virginia says:

    Sounds like the fix is on with this judge. I wanted to make an inflammatory remark about judges ruling on the defendant’s plea of the necessity of an action (Scott Roeder), but decided against it.

  2. avatar JimT says:

    Just goes to show once more the power of the entrenched corporate and industrial interests in the West–oil and gas in this case. I agree, Ralph, 100%….Wall Street skates again..and again…and…

  3. avatar skyrim says:

    Found guilty. I hope they go easy on him in sentencing. I admire the kid and hope there is a generation just like him ready to get busy.


March 2011


‎"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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