Nauru accused of rushing test for controversial seabed mining

Date: March 15, 2022

Source: ABC Pacific Beat

Author: Mackenzie Smith

Nauru Ocean Resources, a seabed minerals company, has been accused of rushing a landmark mining test in the Pacific.

Helen Rosenbaum from the Deep Sea Mining Campaign said there are significant risks for Pacific nations, who are already facing severe impacts of climate change.

She believes it is a conflict of interest for Nauru and the Metals Company to lead environmental assessments, and would prefer independent scientists conduct the work.

“I would prefer to trust the expert advice of people who don’t have a vested interest in trying to turn a dollar from deep sea mining to those of The Metals Company,” Dr Rosenbaum said.

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