About 1.1 million acres were leased in Wednesday's state lease sale, topping the previous state record of about 850,000 acres. Gov. Tony Knowles said the sale bodes well for the state. "I am especially pleased to see such aggressive interest from a relatively new player in Alaska," he said in a statement. "It shows that interest in Alaska's oil and gas resources is not limited to the major owners of the facilities on the North Slope."