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“Will international firms lose interest in Lebanese oil?” asked the daily Al Joumhouria over a week after the Ministry of Energy and Water had postponed a fifth round canada goose outlet los angeles of bids to explore for oil and gas off Lebanon’s coastline.

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Journalists scored low points according to “Lebanese Media Coverage of the Oil and Gas Sector,” a monitoring report by the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom that urged news organizations to diversify their reportage and canada goose outlet toronto be diligent in providing accurate information on the subject.

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In countries with poor transparency track records and high levels of corruption, revenues from oil and gas sales are often mismanaged. Lebanon, which lacks an access to information law, canada goose stockists uk scores poorly on international measures of transparency and, according to a state produced report from 2011, has a bureaucracy infused with corruption.

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Lebanon’s potential oil and/or gas resources have become a larger part of the national conversation since the adoption of a law in 2010 allowing for offshore drilling and the subsequent establishment of the Lebanon Petroleum Administration.

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But that’s a long way off since Lebanon still hasn’t drilled any canada goose outlet online exploration wells, meaning it’s hard to estimate how much oil and gas there may be.

Data prompted a former energy and water minister to canada goose outlet in chicago announce in 2013, “the current estimate, under a probability of 50 percent, for almost 45 percent of our waters, has reached 95.9 trillion cubic feet of gas and 865 million barrels of oil.”

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Lebanon finalized an agreement with the Cypriot government in 2007 demarcating their common maritime border before a Lebanese commission in 2009 defined the southernmost limit of that area as several kilometers below the first demarcation.

Israel, to Lebanon’s south, has also made discoveries and is well on its way to becoming an energy producing country. Lebanon is technically in a canada goose outlet near me state of war with Israel.

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