Bloomberg BNA — Russia, Denmark and Canada all are trying to prove that their land masses extend to the North Pole, handing the international commission that gives its expert recommendations on such matters its most highly contested issue to date and highlighting the central role the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea will have in determining the future of the rapidly changing region.
Paul Desmarais III, scion of one of Canada’s richest families, is pitching a tent in the snow. Timothy Hodgson, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker, is juggling balls with soldiers in a team-building exercise, while the head of Barclays Plc in Canada struggles to snowshoe dragging a 25-pound sled.
Flint Hills Resources LLC is receiving crude at its North Pole refinery in Alaska after the Trans Alaska pipeline system started, and the plant is back in operation, Jake Reint, a company spokesman, said in a telephone interview.
The shrinking of Arctic ice means commercial ships may be able to sail over the North Pole as early as 2035, greatly reducing the time and cost of sea transport between Europe and Asia, according to Rear Admiral Dave Titley, who heads the U.S. Navy’s climate-change task force, the Financial Times reported.
Flint Hills Resources LLC will begin in May to halt operations permanently at the North Pole refinery, Alaska’s largest by capacity, citing poor economics and “enormous” costs for cleaning up soil and groundwater.
In Today's "Around The World" Bloomberg's Margaret Brennan reports that Syrian refugees looking to escape violence in their country are fleeing into Turkey, Australian police arrest 7 teenagers after a car chase and runners compete in the 2012 North Pole marathon. She speaks on Bloomberg Television's "InBusiness With Margaret Brennan." (Source: Bloomberg)