The battle in Arizona over developing copper mines, often elicits demands that the mining be done elsewhere, because Arizona is too environmentally fragile. In today's New York Times, they look at mineral exploration in the Pacific Ocean that proposed to do just that:
"Today, increasingly, mines on land lack rich supplies of copper, a staple of modern life found in everything from pipes to computers. Many commercial ores have concentrations of only a half a percent. But seabed explorers have found purities of 10 percent and higher — turning the obscure deposits into potential bonanzas."
But they report that the opposition appears to be as strong as that in our own backyard:
"Environmentalists have expressed growing alarm, saying too little research has been done on the risks of seabed mining. The industry has responded with studies, reassurance and upbeat conferences."[Right, report issued by group opposed to ocean mining. Credit, Deep Sea Mining Campaign]