Posted by: kennyt212 | July 22, 2010

Keeping Watch Over the Gulf: Bigger Than the Eye Can See

Hello again everyone,

I hope this finds you well!

As promised, I will continue to post updates about the “oil spill” for as long as I can.

The good news right now is that the cap is still in place, so no oil is leaking into the Gulf.  Also, it appears that progress is being made on the relief well, which we hope will be successfully in place soon.

The big story to keep your eyes on the next few days is the tropical storm that is the Atlantic and will be reaching Florida, and probably New Orleans soon.  The Weather Channel provides great updates about the storm, as well as some good sources about oil spills and hurricanes, so I encourage you to keep track of what’s happening when you can.  Let’s hope and pray that God will continue to watch over the area in all that lies ahead.   

I know that it seems like everything is calming down in regards to the “oil spill,” but in reality, that’s not the case.  There is still a long way to go, and the tropical storm approaching the Gulf region is a good reminder of this.

I don’t have any inspirational, encouraging thoughts or reflections to share today-just a couple of stories that highlight some of the interesting dichotomy and/or ironies involved in this whole oil spill situation.

BP – On the one hand, they are working to establish a rapid response system for the Gulf; on the other hand, they are trying to buy out scientists and recently used…. Photoshop.  Seriously?

CHINA– With all the talk about this “oil spill” in American waters, let’s not forget that these spills happen more frequently than we might think, especially in other countries (remember my previous mention of Nigeria?).  Especially now that China has surpassed the US in regards to its energy consumption, the fact that they are also currently suffering from a huge oil spill themselves is almost like déjà vu.  Could the message be any clearer?  

Anyway, that’s about all I would like to share for now.  Just for informational sake, here’s an update on the total wildlife impacted as well as recent report from NOAA about air quality testing data (it seems to match a lot of what the EPA had to share-it is a bit technical, so start on page 5 if you want).

Let’s not forget: there’s still plenty of oil in the water and on the coasts, we still aren’t clear about the effects of the 1.84 million gallons of dispersants, we’re still not sure exactly how much oil is below the surface, AND there are still policies that need to be improved (though some progress is being made).  I know this oil spill has made me think about a lot of things, hopefully it has done the same for you.

Until next time….stay strong!

PS:  Here are some thought-provoking charts that show many different ways to depict the “oil spill.”

PPS:  WOW! An explosion in a scientist’s lab because the oil in the water is too toxic!

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