Most of you already know that I live on the gulf coast of
Mississippi. Not directly on the coast-we live about 25 miles
inland-but there is something very scary happening
right now on our beautiful coast.
You have certainly all heard about the Deep Horizon off-
shore drilling rig that exploded last week in the Gulf of
Mexico. They originally reported that it was spilling just
a small amount of oil into the Gulf, but now we know that
it is spilling as much as 5000 barrels, or 200,000 gallons
of oil into our water everyday. They are now saying
that it could take as much as 3 months to be able to cap
the leak. And this morning I read that they are expecting
this oil spill to be worse than the worst oil spill in history-
the Exxon Valdez.
I can't even begin to tell you how bad this is for the coast. It
affects every part of life here. The wildlife is in horrific danger,
the people who make their living fishing and shrimping are in
danger of losing their livelihoods, and the seafood industry as
a whole-epecially the local restaurants and markets are in a
really bad spot.
In addition to praying for the families of the workers lost when the
rig exploded, will you please, please pray for the coast? Especially
this weekend as the oil will actually be hitting the shore as early as
this morning. I will keep you updated as I know more.
Thank you in advance.