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AP/ABC News: Anti-Drilling Protesters Shout, Disrupt Oil, Gas Lease Sale

Protesters opposed to drilling in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted an oil and gas lease sale Wednesday, chanting and waving signs as government officials read bids from companies for the right to explore and develop fossil fuels offshore.

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Think Progress: Gulf Coast Residents Crash Oil Lease Auction, Chanting ‘Shut It Down’

Residents across the Atlantic coast got a win last week when the Obama administration chose not to include the Atlantic in its five-year plan for oil and gas development. But in the Gulf of Mexico, where oil companies have been drilling offshore for decades, residents opposed to oil drilling weren’t so lucky.

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Politico: Greens descend on Big Ease

BIG PROTEST IN THE BIG EASY AS ENVIROS TARGET THE GULF: President Barack Obama scrapped plans to allow offshore drilling in the Atlantic last week, which leaves climate activists to shift their focus to the Gulf — and they’ll mark a big step in that direction this morning in New Orleans, with a planned march to the Superdome. 

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The Times-Picayune: Protesters crash federal oil and gas lease sale in New Orleans

Yudith Nieto caught her second wind as she watched her fellow activists swarm the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to protest the Wednesday morning (March 23) sale of federal oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

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CBS News New Orleans: Loud protests don't stop offshore oil leases

At one point, protester Cherri Foytlin got on the stage where BOEM’s Gulf of Mexico Regional Director Mike Celata was unsealing and reading the lease bids from oil and gas companies. Superdome security guards tried to pull her back and she collapsed in their arms.

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Pensacola News Journal: Pensacolians join NOLA drilling protest

In the nearly six years since globs of oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon washed ashore on beaches from Perdido Key to Navarre, Krasinski said many people seem to have forgotten the environmental and economic damage that happened in Florida

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VICE: Protesters Take Over Federal Auction of Oil and Gas Leases in the Gulf of Mexico

Protesters opposing new oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico disrupted a federal auction of new offshore leases Wednesday, swarming the New Orleans landmark where the bids were being taken.


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Houston Chronicle Fuel Fix: Winning Gulf lease sale bids total $156 million, 4th lowest since 1983

A crowd of protesters inside New Orleans’ Superdome Wednesday attempted to disrupt a federal auction of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

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International Business Times: Obama Administration’s Plan To Expand Oil And Gas Drilling In Gulf of Mexico Draws Protests In New Orleans

The Obama administration Wednesday opened millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling at a lease sale in New Orleans, drawing hundreds of protestors from across the Gulf region, who rallied outside and within the event at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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WNNO.ORG: Protesters Disrupt Oil And Gas Lease Sale At Superdome

Twice a year the federal government auctions off land in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration. It’s usually a pretty quiet affair. But on Wednesday hundreds of protesters marched into the Superdome to try to disrupt the sale.


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