Conflicting Claims to Oil and Natural Gas Resources off the Eastern Coast of Canada


  • Colin Douglas



Energy Law, Petroleum Law


The province ofNewfoundland and the federal government both claim ownership of the oil and gas resources off the coast of Newfoundland. This paper examines the legal arguments that could be raised in the event that the issue is litigated. Matters examined include the applicability of the continental shelf doctrine, whether New foundland could successfully assert more limited claim to the area within three miles of its shoreline, and the possible legislative competence of each government in relation to the offshore oil industry.