San Diego Law Review


F. M. Auburn

Library of Congress Authority File


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On November 2, 1971, Senator Metcalf introduced the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Bill, drafted by the American Mining Congress. The Bill is designed to provide the Secretary of the Interior with authority to promote the orderly development of the hard mineral resources of the deep seabed pending adoption of an international regime. According to Senator Metcalf, it is structured to order only the affairs of U.S. nationals. The introduction of the Bill, whether it becomes law or not, represents a major advance in the seabed debate requiring detailed analysis. If the Bill does not become law, there can be little doubt that similar legislation will soon be requested. This may be shown from a brief review of the circumstances preceding the presentation of the Bill.