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Utah: Author Terry Tempest Williams Buys 1,750 Acres of Oil & Gas Leases to Block Drilling

HeadlineFeb 17, 2016

In Utah, more than 100 protesters disrupted a federal auction of oil and gas leases, spontaneously bursting into song until they were forced to leave. Author and activist Terry Tempest Williams, registered as Bidder 19, successfully bid on 1,750 acres of land to spare it from fossil fuel extraction. When asked by a Bureau of Land Management official if she was making a “legitimate bid for energy development,” Tempest Williams said: “You can’t define what energy is for us. Our energy development is fueling a movement.” Climate activist Tim DeChristopher spent 21 months in prison when he posed as a bidder in a similar move in 2008.

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