ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)—The U.S. Interior Department is seeking input on a possible oil and gas lease sale in Cook Inlet.
Ken Salazar says the request for comments is a key step in the planning process for responsible oil and gas development along Alaska's shoreline.
Salazar says the Obama administration is committed to responsible domestic oil and gas production as part of its energy strategy.
The Interior Department says the leases would cover an area with more than 75 percent of the estimated undiscovered and recoverable oil and gas resources in the United States.
Saturday's request for input asks industry, the public, and key stakeholders opinions about geologic, biological, archaeological, subsistence and/or or socio-economic conditions that might influence leasing and development decisions.