The continuing oil seapage from the April 20 explosion of that British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is reaching monumental disastrous proportions. The oil is now washing ashore in Louisiana and a state of emergency has been declared in southern Florida.
There are reports that the oil gushing out is in quantities many times of the gallons that we’ve been told – 4 million gallons a day of crude oil, 19 times BP’s estimate of 5,000 barrels, an engineering professor told Congress on Wednesday. The press was not allowed onto the oil spill command center to find out what is really going on. Scientists are faulting the White House for its actions and inaction in dealing with the disaster. And there’s irrefutable evidence that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of both the Obama and Bush administrations has been criminally negligent in its oversight of BP. As a matter of fact, Obama is the single largest individual recipient of BP’s PAC (Political Action Committee) donations.
There is fear that the Gulf Stream may be carrying the oil spill into the Atlantic, affecting the entire East coast and spreading the disaster even further and wider.
And now, the latest is the announcement by the EPA that the more than 655,000 gallons of Corexit dispersant chemicals used so far to break the oil into tiny drops — which the BPA had approved before conducting basic environmental tests – is too toxic! The dispersed oil may have begun to impact oxygen levels in the water, reducing the oxygen to a level too low to support life.
Benzene from the oil, a carcinogen, is also becoming a major concern. There is increasing chatter on the net that evacuations will be necessary for the elderly and those with respiratory problems along much of Florida’s coast, including the Tampa Bay area, because of the Benzene and if plans proceed to set the massive, approaching oil slick on fire, according to Oilprice.com.
Please pray for the inhabitants — human and wildlife — of the Gulf coast. Man (BP and the White House) has failed in containing this disaster. With the utmost humility, we need to ask God to help us. Pray!
“And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.” -Revelation 16:3-4