UK Seabed Resources: Pacific Ocean

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 5th February 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if will he place in the Library a copy of the environmental impact statements for the UK-sponsored exploration contracts relating to seabed mining for the (a) Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (I) and (b) Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (II).

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

No activities have taken place or are planned in the Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone under UK-sponsored exploration contracts for seabed mining which have required the production of an environmental impact assessment.

The exploitation of minerals in the deep sea cannot take place until International Seabed Authority regulations and environmental impact assessment process have been agreed.

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