On March 17, 2010, MMS held Central Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale 213. According to MMS, 77 companies submitted nearly 650 bids on 468 tracts covering nearly 2.4 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, including significant acreage in deep waters. The total of the high bids submitted was $949,265,959, the highest single bid was $52,560,000, and the sum of all the bids received was approximately $1.3 billion. MMS Gulf of Mexico regional director, Lars Herbst, commented that "[t]he bidding activity at today's sale speaks to the future of deepwater Gulf in providing vital energy production for the nation."