I see the our country has a Surface mining Office http://www.osmre.gov/ . However, I have been searching for a deep sea mining office and have not found one http://www.doi.gov/bureaus/index.cfm . The Australians, the British the Chinese and the Russians I believe are way in front of us in this matter. I was wondering. I think that we are not competitive in mining the ocean floor exploration. As Russia and China are both seeking premits to explore mines outside of their territorial ocean borders.
I do no think we are competitive in mining at all right now. I mean, the DOD report states we are at a serious threat level do to our inability to be competitive in international mining. There is to much stuff on my blog cite and my nightly chest net book before bed intellegence searches does not have a powerfull enough processor to find the report that says we are in deep do do regarding our mining competitiveness. It is here somewhere.