It’s a Gas, Gas, Gassy Mess in the Mediterranean

Robert Hancock, Staff Reporter

With the recent discovery of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean – an estimated 122 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to the US Geological Survey- disputes over who controls the area have begun. Both Greece and Turkey lay claim to the area.

Greece, with its claim in the Eastern Mediterranean, has agreements with Egypt and also has agreements with Cyprus and Israel over a pipeline to transport the natural gas to European markets and backs the claims of Cyprus. Meanwhile, Turkey has its claims in Eastern Mediterranean backed with agreements with the Tripoli government of Libya also backs the maritime claims of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. In the Eastern Mediterranean this conflict is currently ongoing natural gas in the eastern is estimated to contains 122 trillion cubic feet of natural gas According to the US Geological Survey. 

Greece and Turkey are in disagreement about maritime borders in the area.

To press their claim and secure sovereignty to their claimed maritime border such as region that contain natural gas resources other reasons for this such as that if international maritime law acted to their fullest completely applied, the Aegean would act as a Greek “lake” which would allow Greece to put heavy restriction on the Turkish navy if wanted.