Tim DeChristopher is Bidder 70, a young man who derailed an illegal BLM oil and gas auction in a courageous act of civil disobedience.




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The story of Tim DeChristopher, a young man who disrupted a controversial BLM Oil and Gas leasing auction in 2008. He posed as a bidder (#70) and bid $1.7 million to win 22,000 acres of land he had no intention of paying for (or drilling on). Tim was federally indicted, convicted and sentenced to two years in prison for his courageous act of civil disobedience. Bidder 70 is a personal story surrounded by a wider context of citizen action, our history of peaceful civil disobedience, and grass roots movements demanding government and industry accountability. Written by Anonymous

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29 March 2012 (USA)  »

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$2,477 (USA) (17 May 2013)


$4,809 (USA) (28 June 2013)

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A heroic youth is jailed for bidding to keep parks public in the US.
7 June 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Don't miss this deeply moving true story of a youth who derailed an illegal auction of Utah's public lands to energy companies. Tim DeChristopher chose the lesser of two evils. He avoided the energy company takeover of public parkland by bidding on the auctioned lands himself - without having the funds on hand to actually buy.

His brave and spontaneous act of civil disobedience landed him in court and then in prison for two years. He served a jail sentence many people thought was grossly unjust. This movie documents a part of the environmental movement in the US that many of us know little about, and is inspiring.

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