Property of the Gulf of Mexico?

I ran across this interesting article by Mother Jones about who really owns the property in the Gulf of Mexico.  For some reason I always thought that the land belonged to no one, since it was international waters, but in reality large oil companies own the rights to the property under the water.  Considering how the earth is covered mostly with water, this is a considerable amount of land we’re talking about!

There are some good maps that help illustrate ownership, including the one below. If you look close, you can see that many squares on the map have a company name in them, such as BP, Connoco, and Shell.  Read more from MoJo

Mississippi Canyon with BP spill site circled. Source:


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on June 14, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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