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Published on May 13, 2010
In this interview, Stephen J. Lendman discusses the Gulf of Mexico oil rig disaster, which threatens marine species, related industries, and even the balance of life on the planet. While most Americans are blissfully unaware, the destruction of the ocean environment, which threatens to destroy one or more biological level of microscopic life including plankton, sea creatures, and fish that feed upon them, also threatens higher forms of life who depend upon lower forms of life for their very existence. Stephen explains how Transocean Ltd., working under contract for BP Exploration and Production, initially minimized the size of the problem, reporting a flow of 1,100 barrels a day, and only gradually allowed that the dimensions of the problem were vastly greater, where the area threatened is the top ranked with respect to the largest total seafood landings in the lower 48 states. It produces 50% of the nation's wild shrimp and contains over 400 species, which not only confront the prospect of extinction but the industries that are related their harvesting, distribution, and consumption are as well. This may well turn out to be one of the greatest environmental disasters in history, where the failure of the government to regulate the risks will go down as a monumental failure of the American political system.