As the push for deep-sea mining intensifies, experts are increasingly concerned that companies will kick up clouds of sediment, which could be laden with toxic heavy metals that may harm marine life. At least 700 scientists – along with France, Germany and Chile – are calling for a moratorium on deep-sea mining.
So, sand and dust and mud sitting on the floor of the ocean is fine. But stir it up a bit until it falls out of the water again onto the sea bed and that’s toxic pollution?
Because that is what is being complained about. No one is digging anything, there’s no release of anything. It’s that sea bed sediment being mixed up into the water for a bit.