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Brief Sabbatical

For those who follow this blog, I’ve been on an unplanned sabbatical of sorts this past year which is why there have not been many posts.  Hopefully I will be able to return to regularly posting on this blog this fall or early winter!  

John

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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: Motherjones.com