Skip to comments.Harper orders new draft of Arctic seabed claim to include North Pole
Posted on 12/05/2013 10:21:54 PM PST by JerseyanExile
Stephen Harper has ordered government bureaucrats back to the drawing board to craft a more expansive international claim for seabed riches in the Arctic after the proposed submission they showed him failed to include the geographic North Pole, The Globe and Mail has learned.
The Arctic is believed to contain as much as one-quarter of the worlds undiscovered energy resources, and countries are tabling scientific evidence with a United Nations commission to win rights to polar sea-floor assets. Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, a country can secure control of ocean floor beyond the internationally recognized 200 nautical mile limit if it can demonstrate the seabed is an extension of its continental shelf.
Senior government officials say Canada will meet its Dec. 6 filing deadline for making an application to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, but it will be a preliminary submission that outlines a portion of the Canadian claim and preserves this countrys right to make further submissions later.
Canada will follow up with a broader claim that includes the geographic North Pole after the necessary work has been completed, sources say.
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This is turning into a free-for-all.
They should probably include the moon and Mars, too.
Santa can continue to live there rent-free. Same deal for his workshop & reindeer barn.
Thanks JerseyanExile. Tjos will drive Putin’s buttboys nuts.