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February 10, 2022

Seabed Mining as a National Security Threat: U.S. Interests with Greg O’Brien and Kate Gorove

Episode 209

If the Clarion Clipperton Zone is the next frontier for critical mineral mining, what share of the pie does the U.S. currently have? The answer may surprise you. This week, host Elisa is joined by two U.S. State Department officials, Greg O’Brien and Kate Gorove, to talk all things U.S. interests when it comes to the seabed. What laws and treaties govern the international seabed and CCZ? Are we members of the International Seabed Authority? And if not, how come?

Greg O’Brien is the Senior Oceans Policy Advisor in the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

Kate Gorove is with the Office of the Legal Adviser for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State


The International Seabed Authority

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Deep Seabed Hard Minerals Resources Act.” NOAA, 2002

Regulations on Prospecting and Exploration for Polymetallic Nodules in the Area ISA, 2013