Singing Disrupts Oil Auction Favorite 



Feb 22 2016


Salt Lake City UT

Utah environmentalists infiltrated a federal oil-and-gas lease auction and refused to stop singing until they were escorted out.

Environmental writer Terry Tempest Williams purchased development rights on a small stretch of land at the same auction, to bring attention to a nationwide push to halt fossil fuel extraction on Western lands. Meantime, the Bureau of Land Management posted a list of parcels proposed for auction for lease rights to oil and gas extraction.

But oil and gas industry officials say environmental writer Williams’ bid on at least 800 acres is insignificant. And, they say the group’s refusal to stop singing that led them to be escorted from the Tuesday auction in Salt Lake City will give the industry fuel to push the BLM to hold online auctions in the future.

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