PRAYER LIST EXTRA

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Hi Jonathan--

I don't know if you have seen this on the news, but there is a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It threatens to become the worst one ever, and the oil should arrive here in my part of the world within a few days.
This is one of the most beautiful coasts anywhere, as well as one of the world's most biologically diverse regions and richest seafood sources. This will be an utter disaster.

If you would like to see some pictures of this part of the Gulf Coast, please see my Flickr album HERE:

We need prayers here, because BP, the company responsible for the disaster, are clearly in over their heads. If they can't cap the well, the oil could make it into the Gulf Stream and out into the Atlantic. This is going to get very ugly.

COMMENT: Yes, this has made the news headlines in the UK (and all over the world, I expect). At the moment we are being told that, although the conditions at sea are treachorous (8 foot waves), which is making the containment of the slick very difficult, there is, at this moment in time, less chance of the major disaster to wildlife and the environment that was originally expected. However, things could change for the worse at any time, so we continue to pray for protection for God's creation and for the families of the eleven oil rig workers who were lost when the accident occurred.

And kudos to the Man for getting his arse down there and not making the same mistake his uncaring predecessor did.

Comments

PRAYER LIST EXTRA — 27 Comments

  1. there is, at this moment in time, less chance of the major disaster to wildlife and the environment that was originally expected.

    That is not what we are hearing. In fact just the opposite, that it could easily get two over 20,000 barrels a day and a minimum of three weeks for a temporary containment and three months for something more permanent.

    Prayers for every form of life effected.

    Prayers that the Man gets over his temporary cranial rectal inversion and understands that there is no such thing as safe drilling off the coasts.

  2. Jonathan, I’m wondering where you’re getting your good news, because we’re not hearing good news here. If you’re referring to the article in the Times (London) from last night, that sounds like more BS from BP, which they’ve been handing out from the beginning. You can’t believe them.

    Even if BP manages to stop the oil leak fairly soon, Massive amounts of oil are still there in the Gulf. The damage will be catastrophic.

    Here’s a report from WWL-TV out of New Orleans.

  3. So far, the environmental damage has not been anywhere near as bad as was originally predicted. This, as I made clear above, could change at anytime should the prevailing weather conditions etc. change.

  4. More news on the oil spill from The Huffington Post.

    Jonathan, I’m not trying to prove that I’m right. You have 2000 readers a day, which I do not, so I’m doing my bit to keep folks informed through your blog. I hope you don’t mind.

  5. I am right. My information comes from The BBC. So far, the damage to the environment has not been as bad as was originally expected. The worse case scenario has not yet happened.

    However, I fully understand how American bloggers will want to talk the disaster up and not allow people to get complacent so that the areas affected get as much help as possible.

  6. So far, the damage to the environment has not been as bad as was originally expected. The worse case scenario has not yet happened.

    True the oil slick has mostly not yet come ashore, and perhaps the slick will hang out in the Gulf forever. But wait! What do you suppose is happening to the living creatures in the water in the area of the slick? If we don’t see them, they don’t count?

    I note that the BBC gives a good deal of space and time to the noble CEO of BP.

    However, I fully understand how American bloggers will want to talk the disaster up and not allow people to get complacent so that the areas affected get as much help as possible.

    Maybe it’s all a bad dream and is not really happening.

    What about the fishermen all along the Gulf Coast who have already lost their means of making a living? I thought you had great care and concern for hard-working folks. You seem quite callous, but, of course, I could be misjudging you. Perhaps there is another explanation.

  7. So far, the damage to the environment has not been as bad as was originally expected.

    It is going to be as bad as expected, in fact it will be worse than originally expected. But you are correct that so far it has not yet hit land.

    Unfortunately it is spreading out over a much larger area of the Gulf because much more is being released than what BP originally said, and when the wind and the waves drive it onto the land, it is going to be over a much more widespread area than originally expected. Instead of just LA, it is now going to foul the coasts of MS, AL and FL. The same area effected by H. Katrina.

    These folks must be horrible sinners for God to hate them so! But Pat Robertson will blame it on the gays, I am sure.

  8. I’m quite firmly with Mimi on this one. Florida’s coastline all along the Gulf & Panhandle stand to be very adversely affected by this spill. Gov. Charlie Crist has already declared a state of emergency here. The oil could even drift all the way around the southern tip of Florida and around to the Atlantic if it’s not brought under control quickly.

    This will affect more than just wildlife – tourism and recreation will be severely affected as well.

    Tell your good news to this turtle or this one whose shell was all torn up.

    Lord Njord (the Nordic sea-God) would do well to kick our human asses most soundly over this.

    Think what you like – but just look into the suffering faces of the turtles and tell them about the “good news.”

    :snarl:

    I really don’t want to hear it right now.

  9. And just for the record, it’s not an oil SPILL, folks. A SPILL is when a boat/tanker, carying a specific number of gallons of oil, “spills” it’s oil into the waters – this is an *open oil hole* in the ground, an uncontrolled spewing of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

  10. Mimi, there is a difference between the statement, “There is no damage,” and the statement, “The damage is, so far, not as bad as was originally feared.”

    You are, not for the first time, projecting what you want me to have said and not registering what I actually said. I can think of no reason for you doing this unless you want an argument. But, even if that is true, you are arguing with yourself because I have not said what you are trying to convince yourself I said.

    The oil slick is a bloody awful thing and the company responsible should be brought to account. But it could get worse. Perhaps you should thank God that the worst has not yet happened and pray that it won’t.

  11. “There is no damage,”

    Where did I say you said that? I read all of my comments, and I didn’t say it.

    You are, not for the first time, projecting what you want me to have said and not registering what I actually said.

    I quote your words back to you.

    Perhaps you should thank God that the worst has not yet happened and pray that it won’t.

    Thank you for your wise priestly counsel. I’m doing just that.

    Dah-veed and Tracie, you are absolutely correct.

    “At this moment in time” has no consolatory meaning when a hurricane aims for you, nor does that fact that, “at this moment in time”, the oil is not yet ashore console me or anyone else who will be affected by the disaster.

  12. There is no damage,”

    Where did I say you said that? I read all of my comments, and I didn’t say it.

    Then tell me, dear heart. What exactly are you arguing about?

  13. It would have caused me a lot less pain if you had used your head in the first place, Mimi. I do get fed up with you venting your angst at my expense. It is not pleasant. I simply made the statement “So far, it is not as bad as was originally expected. ” That’s a statement of fact, as, unfortunately, you may get to see if the conditions change. Yet you attack me for saying it as if I was denying the Holocaust. That’s not on.

  14. At the moment we are being told that…there is, at this moment in time, less chance of the major disaster to wildlife and the environment that was originally expected.

    Who said so? Perhaps BP and our own Coast Guard which trusted BP’s assessment at first and did not do a separate investigation. But they were proved wrong several days ago. The size of the slick tripled in 3 days, for heaven’s sake. Why are your feelings hurt when I question the source of your statement?

  15. The BBC reporter in Louisiana. And it is obvious that at this moment the damage has not been as bad as was originally feared. But, as I keep saying, that doesn’t mean it won’t be. I hope, beyond hope, that the damage doesn’t get worse just to prove me right.

  16. Oh, please. At first we were told it was only 1,000 barrels per day. That turned out to be 5,000. Now they are saying it might be as much as 10,000 or 15,000. Then we watched as the slick grew until now it literally has become the size of Puerto Rico. All the fisheries from the Mississippi River over to Pensacola Bay have now been closed and will be closed indefinitely. The containment booms have started washing ashore on the Alabama coast, because of storms and high surf. They are currently being redeployed.

    I don’t know whose PR firm you are listening to, but this blow-out (not spill) has turned into five or six times (and counting) the magnitude as we were first told. The Coast Guard now estimates that it will turn out to be much worse than the Exxon Valdez. That supply was finite; this one is not.

    The concern now is that it will get into the Gulf Stream. If so, you may get to share it with us.

  17. I have continually talked only about damage that has been done. You are talking about the size of the spillage and possibilities.

    In other words you are all ignoring what I say and projecting onto me words you want to argue about because you are rightly cross with the perps.

    Fucking stop it! It makes you all look unintelligent.

  18. At the moment we are being told that, although the conditions at sea are treachorous (8 foot waves), which is making the containment of the slick very difficult, there is, at this moment in time, less chance of the major disaster to wildlife and the environment that was originally expected.

    *****

    You are talking about the size of the spillage and possibilities.

    All your words, Jonathan. In your first statement, what are you talking about, if not possibilities? The very thing you say we are talking about that makes us look unintelligent.

  19. I’d like to second this statement:

    “At this moment in time” has no consolatory meaning when a hurricane aims for you, nor does that fact that, “at this moment in time”, the oil is not yet ashore console me or anyone else who will be affected by the disaster.

    And hurricane season begins 1 June. If some of the damage control will take up to 3 months to implement (as I heard on National Public Radio on the way home this evening), that pushes things back to at least August. That’s really the start of the *height* of hurricane season. There is the possibility of having one or two big storms even before that. There is something of a time and weather crunch here too.

    Let’s hope they can get this under control long before the storms start coming. Mother Nature has been known to ignore Man’s calendar and just kick storms up out of nowhere for fun (see 2005 hurricane season, when the US had to start using Greek letters to name the storms because they’d run out of names).

    Ah, life in a subtropical zone…

  20. …at this moment in time, less chance of the major disaster to wildlife and the environment that was originally expected.

    The BBC reporter who expressed the optimistic opinions and whose opinion you supported was fecking wrong in a major way. The original expectations of disaster were correct.

    And we were a mob of martyrs here in the comments when we dissented from his view and your view.

    You: However, I fully understand how American bloggers will want to talk the disaster up and not allow people to get complacent so that the areas affected get as much help as possible.

    I’m still talking up the disaster that was not as bad as was originally expected. I must be crazy.

  21. T. L., I hope that the EPA and the NOAA are coordinating. The air on land in some areas stinketh, as Oyster, a New Orleans blogger, says:

    Seriously, the air stinks tonight. My eyes are watering and my throat hurts. After another week of this I’ll be making inconsiderate references to Bhopal and Minimata.

    The EPA says the air is A-OK.