Beaufort Sea drilling leases infringe on Canada’s sovereignty

Proposed new U.S. oil and gas drilling leases in the Beaufort Sea could include offshore territory that Canada claims as its own, reports CBC News.

UBC political scientist Michael Byers says the issue is an opportunity for Canada to open negotiations on the disputed boundary.

“Every five or 10 years some minor point of friction will arise as it has now and we need to solve this problem once and for all by sitting down with the United States and negotiating an agreed boundary,” said Byers.

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