Arctic dispute reversal

Arctic sovereignty experts at a conference in Anchorage revealed that the Canadian interpretation of the Beaufort Sea offshore boundary dispute would benefit the US, while the US interpretation would benefit Canada, reported Canwest News Service. University of British Columbia professor Michael Byers said that if the US interpretation is accepted, American claims to a specific oil patch would actually fall under Canadian jurisdiction. Both countries are conducting seabed surveys in the Beaufort Sea in order to both reveal oil deposits and work out who has the sovereign authority to exploit them.

Published: Wednesday, 03/10/2010 12:00 am EST

Arctic sovereignty experts at a conference in Anchorage revealed that the Canadian interpretation of the Beaufort Sea offshore boundary dispute would benefit the US, while the US interpretation would benefit Canada, reported Canwest News Service. University of British Columbia professor Michael Byers said that if the US interpretation is accepted, American claims to a specific oil patch would actually fall under Canadian jurisdiction. Both countries are conducting seabed surveys in the Beaufort Sea in order to both reveal oil deposits and work out who has the sovereign authority to exploit them.

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