The Weyburn-Estevan area received the most bids during the October sale of petroleum and natural gas rights for the province. With sales of $14.4 million, the Southeast topped the list by more than $10 million.

Twenty-nine leases and two exploration licences located between Carnduff and Moosomin raised $10.4 million.

"Industry has been developing the Bakken-Three Forks play quite extensively on either side of the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border for several years now, and the ongoing acquisition of oil and gas rights in that area bodes well for future economic activity in local communities," said Economy Minister Bill Boyd.

Top purchaser of acreage in the Southeast was Plunkett Resources Ltd., who spent $5.6 million to acquire one lease and one exploration title. They also paid the top price for a single lease in the area.

With $21.6 million in revenue raised from the October sale, the total for the year is $179.6 million. The last sale for 2014 will be on December 1.

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