It was December 19, 2008 when climate activist Tim DeChristopher staged a protest at the Bureau of Land Management where a lease auction of 116 parcels of public land in Utah's Redrock country was up for purchase. DeChristopher disrupted the process by successfully bidding on 14 parcels of land (totaling 22,500 acres) for $1.8 million with no intention to pay for them. DeChristopher was removed from the auction by federal agents, taken into custody, and questioned. Shortly after the auction and a subsequent court injunction, the Interior Department cancelled many of the leases, saying they had been rushed into auction with insufficient environmental and scientific review. DeChristopher served 21 months in prison, from July 2011 through April 2013.
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