Tim DeChristopher, 30, is an American climate activist and co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising. On December 19, 2008, he protested an oil and gas lease auction of public land in Utah’s Redrock country, conducted by the Bureau of Land Management. The sale had been strongly opposed by many environmental groups.
“This is the fire sale, the Bush administration’s last great gift to the oil and gas industry.”
– Stephen Bloch of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
DeChristopher decided to participate in the auction, signing a Bidder Registration Form and placing bids to obtain 14 parcels of land for $1.8 million. He “bought” 22,000 acres of land in the Utah Redrock’s in an attempt to save the property from drilling. DeChristopher was removed from the auction by federal agents and taken into custody.
On July 26, 2011, a federal judge sentenced DeChristopher to two years in prison. His lawyers plan to appeal.
“AMY GOODMAN: After the Obama administration came in and Ken Salazar became the Secretary of the Interior, didn’t he nullify or say that the land could not be sold?“
TIM DeCHRISTOPHER: “Yes, yes. All the parcels that I bid on were part of that decision, so all of those were nullified. …we had raised the funds to actually make the payments …to the BLM, but they weren’t able to accept that because of the Salazar decision, because it was all invalidated. “
“…they made that decision because they saw all the rules that the BLM didn’t follow in this case, that they didn’t give this auction the due process that it deserved.”
“… I saw that (Salazar) decision really as an official ruling that what I was standing against was something illegal and unjust, and so I was surprised that they still wanted to prosecute me for my opposition to that unjust procedure.”