WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Saturday said it would again gauge interest from the oil and gas industry to explore federal waters off the Alaska coast, another bid to expand domestic energy production as gas prices soar and political pressure grows. The Interior Department said it would again issue an official request for drilling interest in potential development leases in federal waters in Cook Inlet off the south-central coast of Alaska. A federal lease sale for that area a year ago was canceled because of lack of interest

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U.S. seeks more interest in Alaska offshore drilling