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Idaho conservation activists gather at auction of land for fossil fuel development

From an observation room, activists watch as the BLM auctions off thousands of acres of land to two bidders. Photo courtesy of Idaho Chapter Sierra Club.

From an observation room, activists watched July 27 as the BLM auctioned off thousands of acres of land to two bidders. Photo courtesy of Idaho Chapter Sierra Club.

Dozens of activists with signs and banners reading “Keep it in the Ground” held a rally July 27 outside of the Bureau of Land Management’s gas lease sale in Boise. The BLM’s planned sale offered leases for fossil fuel development on 9,242 acres in the Payette County for as little as $2 an acre.

The rally is part of a national movement that seeks to prevent the sale of new oil and gas leases on public lands. Groups participating in the rally included Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Wild Idaho Rising Tide, Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability, and the Idaho chapter of the Sierra Club.

 

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