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Russia, Denmark (through Greenland) and Canada all claim that their territories extend to the North Pole. This is despite the fact that the Pole is well over 400 miles from the shores of any Arctic country. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty provides a mechanism for recognizing national territorial claims beyond the traditional 200-nautical-mile limit if a country’s continental shelf extends further. The United States is not a party to the Convention so it will not be staking a claim.

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22 December 2014
You can submit comments now to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regarding its draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on Chukchi Lease Sale 193. Letters of support from AAPG members will help strengthen Arctic oil and gas exploration and production. The deadline for submitting comments is Dec. 22.

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AAPG has joined with other geoscience societies to brief congressional staff on basic scientific concepts on energy resources in “Energy from the Earth: Practical geoscience to inform energy legislation." The six 2013-2014 briefings are posted to the internet. The second series will begin in January or February when the new Congress convenes.

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Edith Allison Director, Geoscience and Energy Policy Office +1 202 643 6533
Colleen Newman Policy Communications Advisor +1 202 288 5337

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