NEW ORLEANS - On April, 20 2010 the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and causing an oil spill that soon became the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.
The rig was drilling in about 5,000 feet of water, which some said pushed the boundaries of deepwater drilling technology.
President Barack Obama issued a drilling moratorium not long afterwards.
But that has since been lifted, and Wednesday is the first lease sale in the gulf since the BP oil spill.
Tommy Beaudreau, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. was in the studio with more information.
The sale begins at 9 a.m. at the Superdome.