Breaking: BLM Fines Tim DeChristopher $81 Thousand Dollars

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¶Tim DeChristopher’s lawyers received the bill Friday, a day after he was indicted on a pair of felony auction-rigging charges. The bill was characterized by one of the lawyers and Bureau of Land Management officials as a demand for a civil penalty unrelated to the criminal proceedings.

¶DeChristopher said he has raised around $100,000 from a broad range of supporters. Weeks after the Dec. 19 auction, he offered to make a down payment on his bids, but was flatly rejected by the BLM, which said it was too late.

¶The fine the BLM issued Friday was unrelated to any deposit or money DeChristopher owes on his bids. It opens a possible civil claim that DeChristopher can contest in an administrative appeal, according to BLM officials.

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  1. #1 by TankMan on April 5, 2009 - 6:28 pm

    DeChristopher is playing in an arena that is not for goofballs and wackies. Many families’ and companies’ financial health depend on getting leases to explore and develop.

    Set an example with this guy, and establish a deterrent for others to think about.

  2. #2 by Cliff on April 5, 2009 - 6:30 pm

    We have a bargain with our society and God that we will not rape the earth for the simple benefit of a few families at the expense of everyone and the greater good.

    I hate that some Utahns may not get new jobs drilling. Perhaps its the way God meant it. Perhaps it is for the best.

    Please join to support Tim.

  3. #3 by He said Jehovah!, Stone him ;) on April 6, 2009 - 12:21 pm

    I thought you didn’t believe in God.

  4. #4 by Bob Soper on April 6, 2009 - 8:03 pm

    Mr. DeChristopher is neither a “goofball” or a “whackie”. He was acting upon the dictates of his conscience, which told him that he was obligated to take advantage of a rare opportunity to stop an illegal and immoral action perpetrated by a government agency. That took a bigger set of stones than any right-wing whiner will ever possess.
    Just ponder for a moment a country in which a decent and caring person is severely punished for taking a courageous stand against corporate greed and destruction, while the criminal Wall Street bankers who have been destroying our economic system are awarded with millions of taxpayer dollars (in addition to the billions they’ve already looted from our pensions & 401k plans), and they’re given appointments to the Obama treasury department.
    This ain’t “Change We Can Believe In,” folks.

  5. #5 by Larry Bergan on April 7, 2009 - 9:30 pm


    You must be benefiting from destroying the environment. You get a gold star on your forehead.

  6. #6 by Anonymous on April 8, 2009 - 11:46 am

    81,000 thousand dollar fine and 10 years in prison, cracking the very rocks he wished to save. That would be great.

  7. #7 by JEAN-PIERRE on April 9, 2009 - 11:42 pm

    I suppose our founding Fathers were wrong for America on July the 4th 1776. I suppose, standing up for the good of Americans has become a vice. People can no longer voice their concerns and be taken serious. Some of us are ready to embrace more pollution, and damage to the ecosystem, while the experience in other parts of the world are proving not desirable at all. Many issues have lingered for a long time and may not see birth. People are crying for clean energies, affordable health care, better and less expensive education, low mileage vehicle. We do have the technology to obtain all these. Tim represents many who silently fall victim to unfairness.

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