Harvest Natural Resources VP buys 44,600 shares in May. Why?
This extract is taken directly from the 10k Is there a connection to the recent headline from the WSJ PetroVietnam Eyes Conoco’s Vietnam Assets?
WAB-21, South China Sea
In December 1996, we acquired a petroleum contract with China National Offshore Oil Corporation (“CNOOC”) for the WAB-21 area. The WAB-21 petroleum contract covers 6.2 million acres in the South China Sea, with an option for an additional 1.25 million acres under certain circumstances, and lies within an area which is the subject of a border dispute between China and Socialist Republic of Vietnam (“Vietnam”). Vietnam has executed an agreement on a portion of the same offshore acreage with another company. The border dispute has lasted for many years, and there has been limited exploration and no development activity in the WAB-21 area due to the dispute. Although it is uncertain when or how this dispute will be resolved and under what terms the various countries and parties to the agreements may participate in the resolution, there has been a small increase in exploration activity in the area starting in 2009.