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    A public auction of energy leases on US government land in the state of New Mexico on Thursday prompted demonstrations by environmental groups, which want to end the use of fossil fuels, the advocacy group Food and Water Watch said in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Local press reports said the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had planned to auction of 36 sites near the New Mexico city of Roswell, where the Thursday’s protests took place.

    "Across the country, people are demanding protection of our land, water, and climate by keeping fossil fuels in the ground," said Rebecca Sobel," WildEarth Guardians’ Senior Climate and Energy Campaigner Rebecca Sobel said in the release.

    BLM typically holds oil and gas lease auctions quarterly, in which bidders must be physically present. As a result, auctions typically draw environmental protestors.


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