Interior Secy says lease sale shows interest in Gulf

WASHINGTON Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:24pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Wednesday that the results of the first offshore oil and gas lease sale held since the last year's BP oil spill demonstrate that industry is still interested in drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

The lease sale, which wrapped up on Wednesday, received a total of $712 million in bids.

(Reporting By Ayesha Rascoe)

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