This is Tim DeChristopher, the subject of the new doc “Bidder 70”.
"On December 19, 2008, the grad student entered the fraudulent Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas Lease Auction, the Bush Administration’s last ditch effort to sell off our national park lands to the oil companies, as if he were an oil company rep.
He was asked if he was a bidder, so he said yes, and was given a paddle.He started bidding and won 22,000 acres of pristine Utah wilderness surrounding Arches and Canyonlands National parks. He bid $1.8 million, with no intention of paying for it, and was arrested.
His civil disobedience action brought the evil BLM auction to an abrupt halt — and saved forever that beautiful wilderness land from oil company destruction.”