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US offshore oil drilling.

by caktus / September 18, 2008 8:13 AM PDT

How is it that congress can prohibit, or restrict offshore oil drilling to beyond 50 miles when US territorial waters end at 12 nautical (13+ statute) miles?

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Try and defy the US government !!!
by critic411 / September 18, 2008 8:17 AM PDT

I dare you !!!

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(NT) Their intellect?
by caktus / September 18, 2008 1:29 PM PDT
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Different defintions for different purposes
by Roger NC / September 18, 2008 4:16 PM PDT
http://www.answers.com/topic/territorial-waters">Many countries, following President Harry S. Truman's proclamation in 1945, have claimed jurisdiction over continental shelves extending off their coasts. This form of jurisdiction extends to the seabed and not the water column above it, primarily for the purpose of exploiting resources such as oil and gas. The extent of the continental shelf may vary, depending on the shape of the sea floor. "Exclusive economic zones," which govern the use of the water column primarily for the purposes of fishing, may extend up to 200 nautical miles from a coastal state's baseline. In 1983 President Reagan claimed an exclusive economic zone of 200 nautical miles on behalf of the United States.
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Excellent link.
by drpruner / September 18, 2008 4:32 PM PDT

Peru is famous for having a "national fishery" that extends to Cleveland. Happy

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Read that too.
by caktus / September 19, 2008 7:36 AM PDT

and a lot more [something] like it. I wonder what they were "inhaling" while they kept coming up with it all.

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Congress can do that when it wants to...
by Paul C / September 18, 2008 6:24 PM PDT

...APPEAR to be authorizing new offshore drilling while in fact placing 88% of the known offshore oil reserves off limits.

Add to that the proviso that adjoining states must approve of a state's plan to allow drilling and a flat prohibition on new nuclear plants and oil refineries, and it's clear that the liberals who control Congress really intend to leave us more dependent on the Mideast oil ticks in the short run while making the gullible believe that it in fact has taken action to reduce that dependence.

Neat, no?

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Let's assume that offshore drilling
by drpruner / September 18, 2008 6:42 PM PDT

doesn't harm sea life any more than Texas drilling harms armadillos. The main problem is still that accidents happen, and I believe they tend to be messier at sea.
Putting aside "tree-huggers vs. evil conservatives", I think that's what any reasonable lefty or righty could worry about. It isn't political.
Correction: It needn't be political. Happy

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The excuse I here mostly...
by caktus / September 19, 2008 7:44 AM PDT

...is that it would be "unsightly," while on a clear day a rig only ten miles out would barely be a pixel (if even that) on the horizon.

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not sure about drilling for oil
by jonah jones / September 18, 2008 7:49 PM PDT

but i seem to remember back in the 60s' Iceland? declaring a 200 mile limit regarding fishing

not sure if people died, but shots were fired

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And, if I'm right about Peru,
by drpruner / September 18, 2008 8:48 PM PDT

it isn't shy about sending its Navy patrol boats out.

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