Exploration will soon commence offshore Western Sahara, a region under Moroccan control since 1975. If discoveries are made, tapping the disputed territory’s oil and gas resources could be a legal minefield.

By the end of the year, a solitary well plunged into unexplored waters off the coast of Africa threatens to bring to the surface simmering tension in what has been described the continent’s last colony. (CONTINUED - 1554 WORDS)