BP was recently given a record fine for mistakes that caused a major oil leak in the Gulf. But there are other threats, besides CEO mistakes, lurking in the deep waters out there.

After World War II, the US government dumped their unexploded bombs into the Gulf of Mexico (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). The US wasn’t the only country that did this–many governments dumped their unexploded ordinance into oceans and lakes, from 1946 up until the 1970s, when an international treaty made this illegal.
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That BP Oil spill (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) did some awful things to the Gulf. But now it turns out that, over a period of 5 months, naturally-occurring bacteria in the water ate it all up.

The bacteria consumed at least 200,000 tons of oil and natural gas that spewed into the deep Gulf from the ruptured well head.
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Increasing numbers of deformed fish and crustaceans being harvested from the Gulf of Mexico have prompted officials to close fisheries from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle so that the situation can be studied by scientists and the situation evaluated. It is increasingly likely that the BP spill and the chemicals poured into the Gulf by the company have led to what will become a mass extinction in the regions waters. read more