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Protesters, economic conditions lead to low oil lease sales

Hundreds of protesters tried to disrupt Wednesday's oil lease sale. (FOX 8) Hundreds of protesters tried to disrupt Wednesday's oil lease sale. (FOX 8)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

Hundreds of protesters sounded off at the Superdome to disrupt the sale of oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

New Orleans police stood by as the protest went on. 

These lease sales usually go off without a hitch but, Wednesday's was very different.

The St. Charles Room of the Superdome was packed as announcers with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the bidding on oil drilling rights on millions of acres of Gulf of Mexico tracts.

The protest lasted well over an hour.

While scores of people disrupted the official proceedings, dozens more gathered outside on Poydras Street as well.

"After Paris, there are big agreements to stop climate change and if we want to do that we must keep fossil fuels in the ground," protester Ruth Breech said.
The number of bids on this oil lease sale were the lowest in 20 years, but the lease sale did move forward.

"The sale happened but not as big as once was because of the economic conditions we have," said Marc Earhart with the Grow Louisiana Coalition.

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