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.
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.
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.
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.