Alaska Division of Oil and Gas director Bill Barron announces bids at a state petroleum lease sale on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Combined ... more 
Alaska Division of Oil and Gas director Bill Barron announces bids at a state petroleum lease sale on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Combined high bids for the sales was just under $21 million. All except $6.8 million was from North Slope leases. (AP Photo/Dan Joling) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Dan Joling
Wed, Dec 7, 2011 8:24 PM EST