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13 MILLION HECTARES OF BENHAM RISE BELONG TO THE PHILIPPINES


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NEWS ASIA:

13 MILLION HECTARES OF BENHAM RISE BELONG TO THE PHILIPPINES

 

Effective year 2012, the Philippines have augmented its area into 43 Million hectares from 30 Million hectares.

 

The United Nations has approved the Philippines' territorial claim to Benham Rise, an undersea landmass in the Pacific Ocean potentially rich in mineral and natural gas deposits.

 

BENHAM RISE is a 13-million-hectare undersea region that lies east of Luzon and off the provinces of Isabela and Aurora.

 

Also known as Benham Plateau, it is a massive formation of basalt, a common volcanic rock, and is described in a study as a thickened portion of the Philippine sea plate's oceanic crust.

 

The formation lies within the continental shelf of the Philippines as defined by the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), under which a coastal state's exclusive economic zone extends 370 kilometers (200 nautical miles) from its continental shelf, while its extended continental shelf extends for another 278 km (150 nautical miles).

 

Benham Rise is not subject to any maritime boundary disputes and claims.

 

Studies conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have indicated large deposits of methane in solid form in the area.

 

Source : http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/183779/un-approves-ph-territorial-claim-to-benham-rise

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Wombat No More

Have the Chinese arrived yet?

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Brucewayne

For Pete's sake, don't let them try drilling there.

They'll shoot their collective eye out!

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SkyMan

It's going to take a whole lot of dynamite to fish those waters.

 

Actually this may not bose well for the current problems with China. The chinese will say, hey, you just got Benham, we get the Spratley's.

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Headshot

It's going to take a whole lot of dynamite to fish those waters.

 

Actually this may not bose well for the current problems with China. The chinese will say, hey, you just got Benham, we get the Spratley's.

 

They're going to say that no matter what. Besides, they said this was solid methane deposits on the sea floor. That isn't the same as oil deposits under the sea floor. Solid methane is like frozen fish farts. What are you going to do with them?

 

I wonder if there is a clear title on the new property? Is there an NSO certified true copy?

 

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Stranded Shipscook
Solid methane is like frozen fish farts.

 

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