In November 2020, the Environmental Defenders Office provided comment in a submission to the Review of seabed mining in the NT: Environmental impacts and management.

Our primary conclusion is that the Draft EPA Report and Appendices accurately identify a significant list of environmental risks, a lack of experience and evidence confirming impacts can be managed, regulatory gaps, uncertainties and unknowns in terms of impacts, potential social and cultural impacts, potential economic impacts on other industries, data deficiencies, and potential technical barriers in relation to seabed mining in the Northern Territory (NT).

Given this list, EDO does not support lifting of the moratorium.

Read the full submission below.