Brant, Irving
April 1953
New Republic;4/20/53, Vol. 128 Issue 16, p12
The article presents information regarding the ownership of the ocean. Defenders of the off-Shore oil grab are flying a lot these days about the "historic rights of the states" to the waters abutting on their shores. Not content with' jurisdiction down to the low-tide mark, they claim that the sovereignty of the separate states extends out to sea three miles,' or 10 miles, onto the edge of the continental shelf, and if there were any oil in the Mindanao Deep they would be claiming that. The Supreme court, to be sure, has ruled three times that everything beyond low, tide belongs to the nation as a whole--to the American people--not to a few individual states. This is displeasing to oil companies which find it easy `to deal with state governments.'


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