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Fake Drilling Lease Trial

4 years ago March 02, 2011 Mar 2, 2011 Wednesday, March 02 2011 Wednesday, March 02, 2011 6:24:41 PM CST in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

The lawyer for a man on trial for making bids he couldn't pay on federal oil and gas leases in Utah says Tim DeChristopher had no advance plan to disrupt the auction in 2008. He says DeChristopher had no intention of harming anyone, including the federal Bureau of Land Management. DeChristopher bid $1.7 million on more than a dozen leases and federal prosecutors call him a saboteur. Environmentalists made DeChristopher an icon of opposition to leasing federal land for drilling.

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