(AP) — Dozens of environmental activists concerned about climate change protested in downtown Reno against the sale of oil and gas leases on federal land in Nevada.
Protesters rallied beneath the Reno arch Tuesday with signs that read "Keep It In The Ground" and "Oil, Coal, Gas = Climate Chaos."
Leaders of WildEarth Guardians say they've gathered more than 44,000 signatures on a petition urging President Obama to secure his "climate legacy" by keeping fossil fuels safely in the ground.
Tuesday's event was staged in conjunction with a Bureau of Land Management auction of leases scheduled inside a Reno hotel-casino.
BLM officials say 39 parcels totaling more than 50,000 acres in Elko and Eureka were on the block, but none received the minimum bid of $2 per acre, apparently because of current low oil prices.