Auction • Tim DeChristopher disrupted a U.S. Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction Dec. 19, 2008, in Salt Lake City. He won bids on 14 parcels near Arches and Canyonlands national parks and drove up prices on several others. His total tab: $1.8 million.
Sale halted • U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina, citing environmental concerns, halted the sale of 77 parcels on Jan. 17, 2009. Nearly a month later, Ken Salazar, President Barack Obama's Interior secretary, shelved the contested leases, including ones DeChristopher won.