The Idaho Department of Lands held a
private public auction this morning, leasing out mineral rights for state lands in several western Idaho counties, and demonstrators from across the state came out in force to protest against the threat of fracking and oil drilling, which they warned may have dire consequences for communities and the environment.
For Brandie Redinger of the Muse Project, the auction subverted Idaho citizens' right to know how public lands are being used and undercut their say in whether those lands should be used for profit by private industry.
"This will completely override our individual voice about how we use our land. It's an issue of farming or fracking—we can't have both," she said.