Los Angeles CA
The Wall Street Journal
200 Liberty Street
New York, N.Y. 10281
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I wish to bring to your attention that the article you published on August 22, 2007 “U.S. Resistance to Sea Treaty Thaws As Arctic Opens Up, Unlikely Alliance Helps to Persuade Senate Skeptics” , By Neil King Jr.; Page A6; included a map purporting to show vast areas of ocean seafloor that could be potentially claimed by the US if it signed on to UNCLOS treaty.
The map published identifies areas already within the US EEZ as being up for grabs. This is patently incorrect. The US already owns and controls those vast orange shaded areas within its 200 mile EEZ. I am surprised that the Wall Street Journal and New Hampshire Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping would be parties to such an obvious and gregarious deception.
I expect the US Gulf of Mexico oil and gas industry might be also upset to find their hundreds of billions of dollars worth of oil and gas platforms and leased properties to be suddenly dispossessed so flippantly by your map.
In reality any extended oceanic continental shelf areas likely to be won by joining the LOST treaty would most likely be of minimal economic and strategic value. Especially the much touted Arctic Commons area, which would not be covered by an extended continental shelf LOST claim as it is firmly a geologically distinct and separate oceanic basin, and thus not able to be annexed by any nation.
Regardless of any editorial bias your newspaper might have towards the US giving up its many important Freedoms of The Seas Rights by foolishly signing on to LOST , it might be more appropriate if such bias was not so blatantly in our face.
Article link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118772758771704410.html?mod=googlenews_wsj